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The Dexmax Book does not attempt to give records of all 
Denmans, though it is well understood that all persons bearing 
that name have descended from the same kind of source. — from 
some Dane-man. There are many in England and Canada, and 
in the United States whom we cannot reach ; and of many others 
we find only such fragments of records as are of little practical 
value. No records are here presented which do not definitely 
lead from a particular ancestor. 

Much time and labor was given to the collection of Denman 
records by Mr. Charles Woodruff Woolley, Sr., of Buffalo. X. 
Y., and ]\[rs. Mary R. Alatthews of Newark. N. J., both direct 
descendants from the Denmans of Retford, England. Since their 
decease.— Mr. Woolley in 1907, and Mrs. Matthews in 1901,— 
further collections have been secured from various sources. The 
direct family descent has been found for a large group of Den- 
mans who did not know who were their ancestors; and some 
-. smaller gaps have been filled. 
^■-- J, And very recently discovery has been made of many de- 
".scendants of two brothers who went from New Jersey to Georgia 
"^--'^in Revolutionarv times, and were lost to the knowledge of their 

^- This has caused delav in publication; but it is hoped that no 
Sv^one wdl regret it. 

"^ December, 1912. 


Denmans in England ;.. 1 

Denmans in America 6 

Later Comers to America 67 

Addendum 75 


Coat of Arms 

Charles Woodruff Woolley, Sr. 1823-1907. Taken at 70 

Mrs. M. R. Denman Matthews. 1824-1901 

Mrs. Harriet Newell Harris. 1835. Taken at .53 

Thomas Denman, Lord Chief Justice of England. 1779-1854 

Rev. John Gerneau (Gano), Revolutionary War Chaplain 

Old Chair and Desk, brought from Long Island to New Jersey in 1720. 
Both were saved when house was burned in 1826 

Cory House at Mountainside. Home of Benjamin and Susanna Cory for 
sixty years— from 1766. But little changed. Still occupied by Corys 

Marsh House at Wheatsheaf. over 200 years old. Continuously occu- 
pied and never repaired 

Mills House at Mountainside. Partially rebuilt. Boiling spring of ex- 
cellent water among the stones at lower left-hand corner of picture 

Denman House at Cranford, built over the same cellar, and by the same 
well, as the original house built by John Denman of Long Island 
in 1720. His son Christopher, who bought the shares of the other 
children in the property and spent bis life there, left it to his only 
son, John. In his lifetime it was burned down, and another built. 
Though enlarged and much changed since, a part of the house re- 
mains the same. It has always been occupied by Denmans 

Old Franklin Fireplace in the Denman House since its rebuilding in 1826 

Old Cradle used by the families of Christopher Denman, his son John, 
and his children and grandchildren, four generations, during 130 


John Denman Miller, g-randson of Christopher Denman. 18Ct)-1884 

Isaac Marsh, grandson of Christopher Denman. 1815-1899 

Rev. L. H. Denman, great-grandson of Christopher's older brother, 
Joseph. 1840-1902 

Ohio River near Cincinnati in 1908, ninety years after the journey in 
the flat-boat by the Miller family 

Mathias Denman. 1751-1841 

Phebe Baldwin. 1752-1833 

John Denman and Harriet Hoagland 

David Nelson Denman. 1833-1909 

Esther Parcel. 1780-1867. Taken at lb' 

Jacob Smith Denman. 1S21-1897 

William Denman. 1763-1858. Taken at 90 

Ann Denman Townsend. 1807-1902. Taken at 80 



Frincis Gerneaux, the French Huguenot, 103 years. 
"Patriarch Isaac" Denman of New Jersey, over 97 years. 

Thomas Denman, ancestor of Lord Denman, longest lived 
Denman in England, 96 years. 

William Denman from Sussex Co., England, 95 years. 

Ann Denman Townsend, his daughter, over 93 years. 

Margaret Denman Marsh of New Jersey, past 91 years. 

Hannah and Ann, daughters of John Marsh and Abrigal Den- 
man of New Jeisey, each a Httle past 91 years. 

Mathias Denman of New Jersey, a few days under 90 years. 

Morris Denman of Cincinnati, just 90 years. 

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Origin of the Name. 

The name Denman is a very ancient one, and is a contraction 
from Dane-man ; that is, one of the Danes. 

The first appearance in England of the Danes — inhabitants of 
Denmark — was near the close of the eighth century. Their war 
standard was a blood-red one. with a raven woven upon it. The 
Raven was the national emblem of the Danes, just as the Eagle 
was of the Romans. An attentive reading of the opening chap- 
ters of the book of Numbers affords clear ideas of the use of 
standards and ensigns among the Hebrews. "In the wilderness 
of Sinai, on the first day of the second month of the second year, 
after they were come out of the land of Eg>'pt,'' a complete and 
most systematic plan was given to Moses for the arrangement 
of the people, both when in camp and when on the march. 
They were to be divided into four brigades of three tribes each, 
the several brigades having men of ability for their leaders. Each 
brigade and each tribe had a standard, necessarily held aloft, in 
order to be seen by so many thousands. There were also "the 
ensigns of their fathers' houses"; see Xumbers 2:2. The ensign 
served to help keep the members of a family connection together. 
The later use of family coats of arms served the same purpose. 
The presence of the Raven in every form of Denman coats of 
arms is the evidence that Denmans were Dane-men. 

It is of interest to note the relative position and strength in the 
Hebrew camp, of the brigade of Dan. While the brigade of 
Judah, always leader, was the strongest, that of Dan was next 
in strength, and "these shall set forth hindmost," that is. bring up 
the rear; a position only less responsible than that of the leader. 
Much can be found in history, both sacred and common, showing 
that the Danes were descendants of Dan ; but space forbids fur- 
ther remark here. 



Since the middle of the fourteenth century there have been 
continuous records of Denmans in the north and east of England 
— in Cumberland, in Linconshire and Nottinghamshire, in East 
Yorkshire, and. later, in Sussex. These records, though more 
or less incomplete, are full enough to prove the identity of the 
family line. ]\Iany Denmans became land-holders of wealth and 
influence. The first one found recorded was William Denman, 
who came into possession, in the latter part of the fourteenth 
century, of Xewhall Grange, one of the granges of the old 
town of Brampton, in Cumberland. When the Monks of Britain 
were dispossessed of their Manors, this Xewhall Grange became 
the residence of William Denman. The fifth in descent from 
him was Nicholas Denman, still owner of Newhall Grange, who 
was recorded Alderman of the city of Hull. A later descendant, 
John Denman, possessed Newhall Grange in 1585. Later, per- 
sons of this line of Denmans went southward to Sussex County. 
whence some of their descendants migrated to America in 1795. 

But these Denmans, descendants of the line found earliest 
recorded in England, were not the ones earliest to come to the 
shores of the New World. The first comers arrived in 1635. 
These came from Retford, in Nottinghamshire. That their 
origin was the same is demonstrated by their identical coats of 

In the records of Retford, the first names with full dates are 
John Denman. bom 1430. died 1517, and Rev. Thomas Denman, 
born 1432, died 1516. 

A large land-holder of that locality was Sir Humphrey Hcrcy, 
of Grove, Nottinghamshire, who had one son, John, and eight 
daughters. The son, according to custom, inherited the title, and 
also the lands; but he died unmarried in 1570. He had divided 
his vast estates among his eight sisters, the second sister, Anne. 
receiving as her share the manor of West Retford. This sister. 
Lady Anne Hercy, married Rev. Nicholas Denman, the fact 
of the marriage, though without date, being found in the parish 
records. They had a son, Francis, the date of whose birth is not 
given, but of whom it is said that he was rector of West Retford 
from 1578 to 1596, and that he died in 1599. Taking the exact 


dates of John Denman. 1430 — 1517, and Rev. Thomas Denman, 
1432 — 1516, and passing" over to the next exact dates, those of 
Rev. Francis Denman. who died in 1599, we infer that his father, 
Rev. Nicholas Denman. was no later than the next generation 
after the two earliest persons of known dates. It may be remarked 
in passing that the manor of West Retford continued in this 
family nearly one hundred years, when it was sold to the cor- 
poration of East Retford, which still owns it and uses it as the 
Holy Trinity Hospital. 

The queens ]\Iary and Anne came in a direct line from this 
family. Rev. Nicholas Denman and Lady Anne Hercy had a 
daughter. Anne, who married Sir Thomas Aylesbury in 1610. 
Their daughter married Sir Edward Hyde, afterward the first 
Earl of Clarendon. The daughter of this couple. Lady Anne 
Hyde, became the first wife of King James H. and was the 
mother of Queens !Mary and Anne. Mary was married to 
William, Prince of Orange. L'pon the abdication of James H. in 
1689, \\'illiam and Mary were called to the throne in the interests 
of the Protestant religion. ^Nlary died, in 1694, without children. 
When William died, in 1702, her sister Anne, who was married to 
Prince George of Denmark, became the sole ruler, and bent all 
her energies toward the full emancipation of her country from 
Popish control. At the battle of Blenheim, in August, 1704, this 
great end was finally accomplished under the masterly general- 
ship of the Duke of ]>kIarlborough, and with the help of troops 
from Denmark. Queen Anne died in 1714, having borne six 
children, none of whom lived to maturity. Thus royalty in the 
Denman line died out. It is matter for gratitude that the reigns 
of these two queens served high purposes for England. 

Another line of descent from these Denmans of Retford em- 
braces celebrated physicians and lawyers. The earliest person of 
this line found definitely recorded was Thomas Denman of 
Bevercotes. Nottinghamshire, who was born in 1644 and died in 
1740. He had a son Thomas, born 1705 and died 1752. who was 
a doctor and apothecary in Bakewell, Derbyshire. This doctor 
had two sons, Joseph who died without heirs, and Thomas, who 
became the most eminent surgeon of his time, and was author of 


a valuable medical work. He married Elizabeth Brodie, a 
descendant of the family of Brodie, of Morayshire, Scotland. 
They had twin daughters, and one son. Thomas, who became one 
of the most celebrated of the Lord Chief Justices of England. 
Lord Denman's endowments were very great and his educational 
acquirements profound ; and the qualities of his personal charac- 
ter were such as to make him eminently worthy of the supreme 
position to which he attained. He was raised to the peerage in 
1832. His son, the second Lord Denman. died in 1894. aged 
eighty-nine. The third, a nephew of the second, succeeded to the 
title when but twenty years of age. He has had a military educa- 
tion, saw service in the war in South Africa, and was made 
Governor-General of Australia in 1911. 

Some instances of Denmans in other useful positions may be 
given here. In 1782 Flaxman, the sculptor, married Ann Den- 
man, who afforded tb^ finances and the patient co-service neces- 
sary for the great advancement which he made. Many of his 
most valuable w^orks are now in a permanent gallery under the 
dome of University College, London, the gift of Miss Denman, 
his sister-in-law. Rev. F. L. Denman of Lincoln's Inn Fields, 
London, is Secretary of the London Society for Promoting Chris- 
tianity among the Jews. This society celebrated its one hundred 
and fourth anniversary in Caxton Hall, London, on ^lay 2, 1912, 
and is the oldest organization in existence for work among the 
Jews. Its Secretary is an able writer and speaker and efficient 

Returning to the Retford Denmans. as a chronological starting 
point we can think of the beginning of our knowledge of them as 
a centurj" earlier than Queen Elizabeth, who was born in 1533. 

John Denman of Retford, who was born in 1430 and died in 
1517, was buried under Christ Church in Retford, Nottingham- 
shire, where a tablet commemorates his death and burial. Xo 
name is given of his children or grand-children ; but the next 
name found with date is John Denman, born in 1591. This man 
was married to Judith Stoughton, daughter of Rev. Thomas 
Stoughton, one of the sons of Henry De Stoughton or De Stuck- 
ten, of Stoughton Hall, Stoughton, in Surrey. John and Judith 


Denman had a son, John, born in January, 1621, and a daughter, 
Mary, born December 16, 1621. The father died in 1623 or 1624. 
His widow married as her second husband WilHam Smead, by 
whom she had one son, WilHam. In 1627 or 1628 she was again 
a widow. In 1635, with her three children, John and Mary Den- 
man and William Smead. she came to New England. There is a 
tradition that William Smead eventually was lost among the 
Indians. There is no further word regarding him. Two of her 
brothers had preceded her. having come to Boston in 1633 to 
engage in mercantile pursuits. One of them went later to Wind- 
sor, Colony of Connecticut, where he died in 1686. The other 
brother, Israel, afterward returned to England, where he died in 
1642, having bequeathed to the newly organized Harvard College 
three hundred acres of the best land in what is now Dorchester, 
a part of Boston. His son William, who became Lieutenant- 
Governor of Massachusetts Bay, gave the money for building the 
first Stoughton Hall at Harvard. His portrait is among those in 
Memorial Hall at Harvard. 

It was no small matter for the widow of John Denman to make 
that journey to the Xew World. The unrest in England had 
become so great, in both church and state, that many people were 
driven to seek new homes in America. This the Government 
sought to prevent by radical measures. On February 21, 1634, 
ten vessels having on board passengers for America were detained 
in the Thames ; and in the next April eight vessels were ordered 
to put ashore all persons embarking for Xew England. So it came 
about that many took shipping for some part of the West Indies, 
intending thence to proceed to America. Our travellers, watch- 
ing their opportunity, came on a ship sailing for Barbadoes, and 
afterwards to Boston. 


With the arrival in Boston in 1635, of Judith Stoughton 
Denman Smead and her children, the history of Denmans in 
America may properly be said to begin. They had sailed Sep- 
temper 3, from Gravesend, England, in the ship Dorset, Capt. 
John Flower, and had come by way of Barbadoes because of 
the refusal of the English Government to permit emigration 
to America. The family settled at Salem, Colony of ]\Iassachu- 
setts, where the mother died in 1639. The daughter, Mary 
Denman, married Clement Maxfield, and died in 1707 in her 
eighty-sixth year. The son, John Denman, married a wife 
whose name is not on record, and had three sons, John, Pnilip, 
and William. Philip married a Miss Hasadink and lived at 
Derby, Colony of Connecticut. They had six children between 
1678 and 1688, Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah, Micah, a son, and 
Hamish. Philip is frequently mentioned in "Old Derby Records" 
as a "freeholder," which means a land-owner. 

The other brothers went to Long Island while yet in their 
teens ; for John, the eldest of the three, and who was born 
in 1643, is recorded as joining with others in the purchase of 
land from the Indians before he was twenty. William, the 
youngest, died there unmarried in 1702, and nothing is on record 
of his life there. Hence our interest in that strenuous period 
of Long Island history is concentrated upon John, who took 
an active part in the development of the new territory, and 
remained unmarried till past middle life. Some account must 
here be given of the manner in which a foothold was obtained 
upon the soil of this part of the new world, the aboriginal owners 
gradually giving place to white settlers from over the sea. 
When Sir Henry Hudson in the little ship, the Half-Moon, came 
to anchor in the Bay of Sandy Hook on September 3, 1609, 
he threw out a line which grew apace into a strong cable be- 
tween Holland and America. For, though he was an English 


navigator and had explored for England in her quest for a 
route to the Pacific, and afterwards lost his life in another 
effort toward the same end, he was at this time sent over by 
Holland, which was 'then the chief maritime power of the 
world. He was met by the Indians in the utmost good will, 
they bringing gifts of corn, wild fruits and oysters. After 
making many soundings in the great harbor, he passed into 
the river Sha-te-muc, the Indian name for the noble stream 
which now bears his own name, spending eight days observing 
the magnificent forests, distant mountains, and fertile valleys with 
bits of ripening corn, which were a tempting sight. After a month 
of exploration he departed, bearing a good report to his em- 
ployers. The next year saw several vessels from Holland en- 
gaging in a very lucrative traffic in furs with the Indians; 
and in 1614 the Dutch Government gave to merchants of Amster- 
dam the exclusive right to establish trading settlements in the 
territory explored by Hudson. The first was on ^lanhattan 
Island, where a fort was built, and the settlement was called 
New Amsterdam. The territory from Cape Henlopen to Cape 
Cod was now claimed by Holland and was called Nezi' Nether- 
lands. In 1621 the Dutch West India Company was organized 
with the exclusive privilege of planting settlements in America, 
and within two years the first colony was established on Man- 
hattan Island; a company of thirty families of Walloons from 
Flanders in Belgium, Dutch Protestant refugees of the same 
faith as the Huguenots in France, came to America and settled 
at New Amsterdam. Soon civil government was begun: and 
the whole of ^vlanhattan Island, containing over 20,000 acres, 
was bought from the Indians for $24. In that year began the 
settlements of Waal-bocht and Breukelen on Long Island, — 
now Wallabout and Brooklyn. In 1629 the West India Com- 
pany created a "Charter of Privileges" under which a class of 
proprietors called Patroons were authorized to possess the land, 
making their purchases from the Indians, with their boundaries 
carefully designated. Quite large tracts were thus purchased, 
to be held 'for life as a dependency of Holland, with the under- 
standing that within four years each manor should be peopled 


by not less than fifty persons. Just as would be the case now, 
the prospect attracted attention, new settlers came in, and pros- 
perity seemed fully assured. But other nations saw, and coveted ; 
and a period of encroachment and struggle of the most strenuous 
sort ensued, which finally resulted in the occupation and control 
by the English, of all that had been called New Netherlands. 
King Charles II. gave to his brother James, then Duke of York, 
early in 1664, two large grants of American territory along our 
eastern coast ; and without regard to the rights of Holland, or 
of the West India Company which had done so much to develope 
the locality, regarding not even the voice of Parliament, "the 
English monarch in one short hour despoiled a sister kingdom 
of a well-earned province." On September 8. 1664. New Nether- 
lands ceased to exist, and the name of New Amsterdam was 
changed to new york. Distresses seemed to have just begun 
when the English rule asserted itself; not that the English people 
were at fault, but that their rulers, from the throne down, were 
for the time singularly corrupt. We need here to notice an 
exaction which bore upon the colonists with painful weight. — 
namely, the annulling of the old titles by which they had held 
their lands for half a century. They were obliged to accept 
new deeds at the hands of the English governor, and to pay 
him, for them, such sums as yielded immense revenues. Their 
carefully outlined boundaries- were disputed, also, as we learn 
from old legal papers. The first transaction in which John 
Denman was concerned occurred before the English capture, and 
is thus narrated in "Old Brooklyn Records." "On October 
•3d, 1662, John Denman, with John Scudder. John Coe. and 
others, purchased of the Indian chiefs Wamatupa. Wanoxe and 
Powatahuman the neck of meadow^ land commonly called by 
the English 'Plunger's Neck,' lying on the south side of Long 
Island, bounded on the east side by the river Hohosbow, with 
a small brook on the west running into the river before men- 
tioned." We have no knowledge of what was done with this land ; 
but of another purchase made after the English possession, we 
have information. Under the new order of things the people 
were obliged to ask renewal of privilege to make purchases ; and 


having so done, this is said : "In pursuance of said license, 
in the same year, did in due form of law purchase of and from 
the Indian natives all that tract of land situated between Maspeth 
Hills and Flushing Creek, on Long Island, to hold unto the 
said inhabitants of Xewtown forever; as by a certain deed 
or writing under the hand and seal of Powanhon, dated July 
9, 1666." Among the names attached are those of John Den- 
man, and Samuel and John Scudder, Jr. 

"During 'the difficulties' an investigation was made of dis- 
puted lands. When government took possession of 1200 acres 
they began to survey from near the house of John Denman. 
After his death in December, 1713, the farm was sold in 1717 
by the Denman heirs, to Richard Hallett, and from him has 
descended to present proprietors 170 acres." So, after the gov- 
ernment had seized 1200 acres of the original purchase, this 
170 acres was all that was left to John Denman. 

This farm was sold to Richard Hallett for the sum of "three 
hundred and fifty pounds current money of the Colony of New 
York, well and truly paid," etc. 

The deed was signed by the widow, Mary Denman, and her 
brother, Jeremiah Gannugh of Flushing, L. I., who were the 
executors of the will of John Denman. made December 13, 1713, 
and proved March 1, 1714. to be "the last Will and Testament of 
John Denman of Newtown in Queens County, Long Island." 

This will is yet to be seen in the office of the County Clerk at 
Jamaica, L. I., written in a bold, strong hand. The dignified 
language and the Christian spirit of the document, naturally lead 
us to hold this pioneer ancestor of ours in the new world, in 
great respect. We have no knowledge of the place of his 
burial, beyond the fact that he died at Newtown, while all his 
family left there within a few^ years. Neither do we know the 
time of his marriage, nor the age of his wife. 

Interesting combinations occurred among the elements in that 
wonderful tide-flow from the old world. John Denman's grand- 
mother was a Stoughton, from England, driven westward by 
the stress of conditions at home. Of his mother we know nothing. 
She may have been, like his sister-in-law, Mary Hasadinck, a 


Hollander. His wife was a Huguenot, escaped from the greater 
stress in France, of which we must now give some account. 
In 1598 Henry IV of France had granted to the Huguenots, 
or Reformers, full religious liberty equal with their long-time 
oppressors, the Romanists ; and his successor, Louis XHI, con- 
firmed and renewed the "Edict of Nantes," as it was called. 
But Louis XR", after a period of persecutions which has been 
styled "The Reign of Terror," finally signed the decree called 
''The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes," which annulled for- 
ever all the privileges granted by the two previous kings, ab- 
solutely prohibited the exercise of their religion, destroyed their 
churches, ordered their pastors to leave France within fifteen 
days and forbade their people to follow them under pain of 
confiscation and the galleys. But "vast crowds found means 
to evade the vigilance of the police and sought shelter in England 
and other lands." 

Francis GernEaux escaped to England by being nailed up 
in a hogshead, as freight, on a boat across the channel. How 
his family escaped we do not know ; but at least his daughter 
Mary and his son Jeremiah were with him when, the next year, 
1686, he came to America and settled at New Rochelle, Colony 
of New York. He was wealthy in France; but when told that 
his estates were confiscated, he said : "Let it go with the nam.e. 
Henceforth we will be known as Gano." The full change of 
name was not at once adopted, but followed in course of time. 
■ Francis Gerneaux died at New Rochelle in 1723 at the age 
of 103 years. 

It is not known when John Denman and Mary Gano were 
married, nor when she was born or when she died. The entire 
period from the arrival of the Ganos at New Rochelle in 1686 
till the death of John Denman at Newtown in 1713, was but 
twenty-seven years ; and as the youngest of his children was 
born when he was sixty-four or sixty-five years old, his wife must 
have been much younger than he was. She doubtless kept her 
family together and went with them to their new home in New 
Jersey after the sale of their farm at Newtown in 1717. 

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Family of John Demnan and Mary Gano. 

Their children were Martha, ]Mary, EHzabeth, John, WilHam, 
PhiHp and Thomas. The date of birth in case of the daughters 
is not given. 

John was born in 1700, WiUlam in 1702, Philip in 1704, and 
Thomas in 1706 or 7. John bought a farm of 100 acres at 
Westfield, Essex Co., N. J., in 1720 and settled there. The farm 
continued in the possession of his children for several generations, 
the portion of it occupied by the original home being still the home 
of a Denman, although very little of the original house can be 
found in the present one. 

William settled at Elizabethtown, where he married Abby 

, and died in 1751, leaving no record of any family. Philip 

and Thomas both settled at Springfield, also in Essex Co. 

The eldest daughter, ?\Iartha, married John Cory, son of John 
and Priscilla Cory of Southhold, Long Island, who emigrated 
to New Jersey for the same reasons that drew the Denman 
family there, — the more favorable conditions affecting the 
proprietorship of lands. They came to Elizabethtown ; but the 
son cast in his lot with those who at that time, about 1720. were 
settling in the township of Westfield, a few miles to the west 
of the older settlement. 

John Cory was born in 1703, and married about 1733, was 
long an elder in the Presbyterian Church which was organized 
in Westfield as soon as there was a settlement of people. The 
first place of worship was built of logs, about 1730; and a large 
drum served to call the people together. In the list of names 
of the early settlers we find Cory, Denman, Hendricks, Craig, 
Mills, Marsh, Miller, Woodruff, Frazer, and Pierson, — all of 
them appearing in these records. In that old churchyard may 
still be seen the gravestones of John Cory, who died August 
8, 1768, and Martha, his wife, died September 24. 1777. The 
children of John Cory and Martha Denman were Hannah, John, 
Jacob, Sarah, Phebe, David, Abram, and Rachel. Mary, the 
second daughter of [ohn and ]\Iarv Gano, went with her brother 
William to Elizabethtown, married a Mr. Beris and had a son 
Denman and a granddaughter Mary, of whose descendants we 



have scanty records. The third daughter, Elizabeth, married 
a Caldwell ; but no further record is found. 

From this point onward we follow the descendants of Judith 
Stoughton Den man under the heads or lines of John, Philip, 
and Thomas. 

John, the eldest son of John Denman and Mary Gano, who 
was born in 1700 and died March 15, 1776, was married in 1721 
or 1722 to Mary Williams, of Welsh descent, who died March 
27, 1762. They had two daughters, Mary and Jennie, and four 
^\ sons, John, Joseph, Daniel and Christopher. Mary married 
\t Samuel Yeomans and had a large family. One daughter mar- 
ried Col Charles Clark of the Continental Army, who served 
throughout the war. 

Jennie married Aaron Faitonte and had an only child, Abigail, 
who married Charles Marsh and had ten sons and two daughters, 
nearly all of whom married and raised large families. Their 
descendants are scattered in nearly every state, and some in 
foreign lands, all worthy and respected citizens. 

John, the eldest son, married Patience Yeomans, who died 

in 1754, aged 28 years, leaving no record of any children. 

Neither was any further record found of John himself until 

now, in 1910, when information has been gained concerning 

him and his brother Daniel. (See below.) 

Joseph, the second son, married a wife whose name is not on 
record, and had a family of five sons and four daughters, all 
born on his farm in Essex Co., X. J., near Elizabethtown and 
Westfield. The date of his death is not known, neither that of 
his birth ; nor are the dates of any of his brothers or sisters known, 
except in the case of the youngest, Christopher, of whom we 
have full records. His death occurred while our country was in 
the midst of the Revolutionary War; and it was sudden, ap- 
parently from apoplexy. He had gone out on his farm to cut 
firewood, and not coming home for dinner at the usual hour, 
search was made. He was found lying dead near a tree which 
he had begun to cut down. Xo signs of injury were visible, and 
apoplexy was the only explanation. The names of his children 



were: Andrew, David, Abner, Joseph, Nathaniel, Mary, Sarah, 
Susan, and EHzabeth. All of these persons except Andrew emi- 
grated to Ohio at an early day. x\bner and some others went 
to ]Mason Co., Kentucky, before it was safe to settle in Ohio, 
Kentucky having been settled earlier. Abner crossed over into 
Ohio in 1814. Andrew was twice married ; first in Xew Jersey, 
to Susanna }^Iarsh, who died April 1, 1814. aged o? , leaving 
children, only one of whose names is on record, — Charlotte, who 
died February 18, 1817, aged 22. 

He afterward married Mary, daughter of Moses Camp, and 
emigrated to central Ohio and settled on a farm near Columbus. 
There were born a family of eight children ; — Andrew, Jr., in 
1817; Moses, in 1818; Mary, January 25. 1820; Daniel, April 5. 
1822; Elizabeth, September 5, 1824; Julia Ann, February, 1827; 
Isaac, March 31, 1829; and Sallie Jane on March 24, 1832. 

Moses is the only one of this family of whom any succeeding 
record is found. He married Alary Manasmith, and settled on 
a farm in Delaware Co., Ohio, where their one son, Lewis Henry, 
was born. When this son was but an infant, Moses Denman 
started to Virginia with a drove of horses and mules to sell. He 
was somewhere waylaid, and was never heard of afterward by 
his family. His wife sold the farm in about a year, and went to 
her relatives in Mason Co., Ky., where she died soon afterward. 

The orphan son found home and friends ; was educated in 
college at Georgetown, Ky., and became a Baptist minister. He 
was born December 12. 1840, and died at Granville, Ohio, January 
1.2, 1902. On August 26, 1862, he was married to Sarah Frances 
McCarty, who still survives him, at Granville. They had six 
children ; — William Wallace, born in August. 1863, and died 
at West Union. Ohio, February 8, 1884; Mary A., born June, 
1865, married in 1884 to J. W. Bradford of Rossmoyne, Ohio; 
Bertha Ellen, born June, 1867, and died January 26, 1884; Lucy 
Emma, born February. 1872. and died January 24. 1904 ; Ida 
Gilmon. born June. 1874, married J. F. Reason, of 33 East Blake 
Ave., Columbus, Ohio, and has a son, Philip Denman, born 
June 28, 1907; Lewis Henry, born December, 1877, married 
Annie L. Matthews of Nacogdoches, Texas, and has Frances 


Elizabeth, born October 10, 1909, and ]\Iary Louise, born July 
29, 1911. Thus far only can we follow the family of Andrew, 
the eldest son of Joseph, second son of John. Den man and Mary 
Williams. Of Andrew's younger brothers and sisters only scraps 
of records are found. Sarah married John Radley in 1786, 
lived in Hamilton Co., Ohio, and had a daughter ^lary. Joseph 
married a Miss Stewart, but no children are mentioned. Eliza- 
beth married Andrew De Low, and had children, Andrew and 
Mary. Both she and Joseph lived in Miami Co., Ohio, as did 
also their brother Abner after leaving Kentucky in 1814. Abner 
married a Miss Ayers and had three children that are known 
of, — Richard, Oilman and Abner Ayers. Of David and Susan, 
no record has been found. But of Nathaniel, the youngest son, 
we have a good record. 

Nathaniel Den man was born August 20, 1780, in Essex Co., 
N. J., and died in 1836. He came to Hamilton Co., Ohio, about 
1798 or 1800. He was married June 24, 1801, to Susan Gray, 
and had five children, — Ann, Abraham, Huldah, Rebecca and 
Nathaniel. Ann w^as born April 14, 1803, married August 2, 
1821, to John D. Gilman and had three children, — Cina, Xaomi 
and Orpha. Abraham was born ]\Iarch 4, 1804, married De- 
cember 30, 1825, to ^Margaret Stickles and had seven children, — 
Nathaniel, James, Hiram. Frank. John, Cynthia, and Elizabeth. 
Huldah was born September 3, 1806. married February 23, 1832 
to Francis Darrell. Family not on record. Rebecca was born 
October 28, 1809, married January 11, 1829 to Thomas C. 
Darrell, had one son, William ; and died about 1840. Nathaniel 
was born January 1, 1811, and died in the next month. The 
mother of these children died February 9, 1811, and the father 
married May 13 of the same year Mary, daughter of Cavalier 
Morris, who was born in Virginia, went early in life to Eliza- 
bethtown, N. J., and later to Ohio where she was married to 
Nathaniel Denman. They had eight children, — Nathaniel, 
David, Morris, Susan, John, Effie, Andrew and Mary. Of these 
children David died at the age of sixteen, Mary when eleven 
years old, and Andrezc when only eight months old. The others 
all married and had families. 


Nathaniel, who was born June 30, 1812, was twice married ; 
first to Mary Taulman, November 21, 1833, by whom he had 
five children, — John, Nathaniel, Harman, Mary Ann, and Fannie. 

By a second wife he had eight children, — Abraham, David, 
Daniel, Alvin, William, Cindora, Abner, and ^Melissa. 

Morris was born November 17, 1815, and died March 23, 
1906, aged just over ninety years. On March 27, 1845 he was 
married to Rebecca Jones, by whom he had seven children, — 
Pliny, Joseph, Leonora, 3*Iary, Jane, Peter ^lorris, and Belle. 
Of these, Jane and Peter Alorris married and had families. 
Susan, who was born July 17, 1817, married George W. Manuel 
December 3, 1838, and had one daughter. John was born 
August 7, 1819, and died October 7, 1894. On October 29, 
1843, he was married to Isabel Meeker, who died November 17, 
1900. They had five children. — ]\IcElvaine, born October 5, 
1844; ^Monterey, born February 24, 1847, and died in infancy; 
Mary Josephine, born July 7, 1848; Libeus Marshall, born ]\Iay 
27, 1851, and Daniel Meeker, born October 29, 1857. McElvaine 
was married in October, 1868. to Mary E. ^IcRoberts and had 
one daughter. Lulu Estelle. who was born in 1870, and married 
in 1895 to Philip J. Kelly. She died June 15, 1900, leaving no 
children. ^iIcElvaine's first wife died May 24, 1906, and he 
married Ivy Lovett June 6, 1907. They had a son, Daniel 
Marshall, born June 14. 1910. Mary Josephine was married 
in November, 1868, to George Ridgley. and had four children, 
three of whom died very young, and one, John Daniel, died 
in December, 1909. at the age of twenty-six. Dr. Libens Marshall 
Denman was married February 9, 1881, to Laura M. Nesbitt, 
who died in 1890, leaving one son, Lawrence Edwin, born 
December 10, 1884, who married Edna Shafer June 10, 1907. 
Dr. Daniel Meeker Denman has not yet married. Effie Denman 
was born April 2, 1821. and died September 2, 1910. She 
married Thomas C. Bramble April 2, 1839, and had nine chil- 
dren, — David Denman, born December 11, 1839; !Mary Ella, 
born April 3. 1842; Isabel, born March 16. 1844, and died Feb- 
ruary 6, 1852; Leroy, born December 10, 1846; John Oscar, 
born May 9, 1849. and died October 4 of the same year; Agnes 


Ernestine, born October 8, 1851, and died May 3, 1853; Sylvanus 
Edgar, bom October 12, 1854, and died December 20, 1855 ; 
Thomas C, born April 26, 1858, died August 12, 1880; Bertha 
G., born January 3, 1866. Dr. David Denman Bramble mar- 
ried Celestine Reick and had three children, — Emma, Jessie M., 
and Mamie. He died September 2, 1910. IMary Ellen Bramble 
married Andrew J. Hoffman and had one son, Clyde E. She died 
January 27, 1906. Leroy Bramble married Sallie Rusk. Has 
no children. 

Daniel, the third son of John Denman and Mary Williams, 
is not mentioned in the old manuscript records except to give 
the date of his birth. No further reference is made to him, 
just as is the case with the eldest son, Johi, after his marriage 
and the death of his wife. In preparing for committing these 
records to print every effort was made to trace both men. and 
with some success. From old letters, and from the church 
records of St. John's Episcopal Church of Elizabeth and the 
Presbyterian Church of Westfield, material of importance has 
been secured. The Denman, Hendricks, and Craig families all 
belonged to the Episcopal Church until when, in the latter 
part of 1776, the British swept through the region, took the 
St. Johns Church, and used it for barracks. Then these families 
went to the Presbyterian Church of Westfield, which was nearer 
their own homes. On the baptismal records of St. Johns are 
found the names of several Denman children. There are two 
of Christopher's, one of them his son Benjamin who died in 
infancy, and who was baptized in 1770 on the same day with 
a son of Daniel. Another definite statement in an old letter is, 
that three of the brothers had children baptized on the same day, 
some later day. Still another definite statement is made that 
the father of these brothers stood god-father for a grandson, 
John, on [March 8, 1776, and that he took cold and died of 
pneumonia on March 15, 1776. He was seventy-six years old, 
and feeble, and there were no stoves in churches. 

A letter only recently found states that John and Daniel 
both went to Georgia, the time not given, but evidently at an 
early day, probably before or during the Revolutionary War. 


That was a time when communication between distant localities 
was not easy; and it is not remarkable that these men should 
have dropped out of sight. Turning to manuscript records from 
Southern States, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas, there are names 
and dates fitting well to the opinion that descendants of both 
missing men are there in considerable numbers ; but as yet we 
lack the positive links of connection. 

Christopher, the youngest son of John Denmah and Mary 
Williams was born March 5. 1741. and died October 28, 1808. 
In 1766 he married Abigail, daughter of Isaac Hendricks and 
Lydia Craig of Scotch descent, who was born February 17, 1746, 
and died June 20, 1803. The wedding ring, marked A. D., is still 
in good condition in 1910. the property of one of their great- 
grand-daughters ; and a solid silver tablespoon marked with their 
monogram, C. A. D., is among the treasures of one of their great- 

Christopher Denman served in the Revolutionary Army, his 
record being still in the office of the Adjutant General of Nev 
Jersey. Eight children were born to this couple, two of whom, 
Benjamin and Lydia, died early. The others, Susanna. Anna, 
Abigail, John, Huldah, and Mary, all married and had families. 

I. Susanna, the eldest child of Christopher Denman who 
grew up, was born November 22. 1773, and died April 11, 1851. 
She was married April 28, 1790. to Bcnjcunin Cory, son of Jona- 
than Cory, of an old Scotch family, and ^vlartha Miller of West- 

. They had nine children, — Mary, Samuel, James Manning, 
Christopher, Benjamin, Susanna who died in childhood, Joseph, 
Jonathan, and Abby. These children were all born on the old 
homestead in a suburb of Westfield now called Mountain Side, 
the family occupying the same house for nearly sixty-two years. 

Mary Cory was born March 25, 1792 and died November 29, 
1863. She married San ford Vreeland, of Hollandish descent, 
and had five children, — Susanna, Elizabeth, James, Mary, and 
Eliza. Susanna married Henry Silvers and had at least three 
children. Elizabeth married Joseph Dobbins and had two chil- 


dren ; one, a son named James Manning who married twice and 
had a large family. James did not marry ; was feeble minded. 
Mary married Thomas Clayburn. and had one son who died 
young, and two daughters. Eliza did not marry, but cared 
for the feeble brother till his death, and then for her parents 
as long as they lived, presenting an example of the most un- 
selfish devotion. She died as she had lived, a humble Christian, 
and at that same home, keeping the promise exacte^l by her 
eccentric father, that she would never leave the place. 

Saviue! Cory was born September 16. 1794 and died March 
4, 1871. He was married in 1814 to Eliza Frazee, and had three 
children, — Emalijie. born March 29. 1815 and died February 
27, 1840; having married Henry F. Miller and had one daugh- 
ter, Emma, who died June 4. 1857, aged 18 years ; James 
Manning, born December 3, 1818, and died in 1878; Frances 
Maria, born February 6, 1822 and died October 26, 1908. 

The second wife of Samuel Cory was Phebe X. Moger, nee 
Lyon, who had one son, Benjamin Joseph, born October 4, 1834. 
He married Frances C. Clark in 1856 and had three cihldren. — 
Ida Estella, born October 12, 1857 and died October 22, 1893; 
Charles Henry, born }^Iay 16. and died March 4, 1886; Fred- 
erick R., born December 17, 1862; still living, the last of the 
family. The second wife of Samuel Cory died in November, 
1837. In 18-K) he was married to Mary D. Upson, who was 
born in New Jersey December 13, 1811 and died at Lima, Ind., 
November 13, 1893. Their only child, Dayton S., was born 
July 20, 1848, and still lives, with his nephew Frederick, at the 
old home at Lima. Ind., where his father settled in his early 
married life, — the last living representatives of the family of 
Samuel Cory. Jatnes Manning, the second son of Susanna 
Denman and Benjamin, was born November 2. 1797 and died 
June 6, 1863. (The record of his large family is given separately). 

Christopher, the third son, was born June 3. 1800, at the old 
Cory home in New Jersey, and died at Lima, Ind., when past 
eighty years of age. He became a clergyman, and early in 
life w^as sent as a Home Missionary to Northeastern Indiana. 
He married Mary Hedges Baker, who was born May 2, 1811 and 

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died April 13, 1877. They had four children, — William Baker, 
James R., ]\Iary P., and Henry M. William Baker Cory was 
born May 2, 1829 at Bradford, Pa., and died November 23, 1907 
at Sturgis, Mich. He was married first to Permelia L. Dayton, 
May 2, 1855, who died April 30, 1863, leaving two children ; 
and, second, to Susan E. Roberts, May 13, 1885. The two 
children were Elizabeth Baker, born April 6, 1859 at Lima, 
married Rev. Xathan E. Fuller, has two children, and lives at 
Binghampton, N. Y. ; and Edward D. Cory, born May 2, 1861 
at Lima, married Mary Roberts. February 27, 1884. lives at 
Sturgis, Mich., and has five children. James R. Cory was 
born August 28, 1830 at Westown. N. Y.. married Catherine 
Baker, died March 24, 1891 ; had one daughter, Annie B.. born 
March 7, 1871. ^lary P. Cory, born October 27, 1833 at Lima, 
where she died April 25, 1892. Henry ]M. Cory, born February 
1, 1836 and died three weeks later, at Lima, Ind. 

Benjamin, fourth son of Susanna and Benjamin Cory, was 
born March 21, 1803, and died in 1837, month and day unknown. 
He married Abby, daughter of Joseph Bryant and had three 
children, — Moses F., ^lary Elizabeth, and Samuel. Moses F. 
was born July 21, 1827, and married Susan Enders. No chil- 
dren. Mary Elizabeth married George Ayers and lived in Chi- 
cago. Samuel lives at Rahway, Ni J. Susanna, born December 
29, 1806, died May 9, 1809. Joseph, was born September 2, 
1809 and died in July, 1892. He did not marry- till late in life, 
having had charge of the old home farm. After the death of 
his parents he married Margaret ^Nlooney, and had one son. 
Joseph Wilbur, who was born April 8, 1857. He married 
Mary E. Leonard May 23, 1883, and has six children, — Charlotte, 
bom January 22, 1885: Margaret, August 17, 1886; Jane, w^ho 
was born February 17, 1890. was married July 18, 1907. to 
Walter Snairowski, a Russian, and has two children. — Robert. 
born May 13, 1906. and Helen, born February 26, 1910. 

Leonard, son of Joseph Wilbur Cory, was born November 
16, 1893, and died August 16, 1898. Florence, the fourth 
daughter, was born July 25, 1897 ; and Harrison, youngest son, 
born February 12. 1900. Jonathan, youngest son of Susanna and 
Benjamin, was born June 3, 1812 and died October 20, 1881. 

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He married Catherine Scudder, and had ten children: 1st, Ancos 
Picton, born August 5, 1861, and married ^lary Umbach ; 2nd, 
John Calvin, born January 13, 1843, and died November 7. 1860; 
3rd, Martin Luther, born August 29, 1844, and married Anna 
E. Brewster; 4th Emily ]Marsh, born January 2, 1846 and died 
November 3, 1850; 5th, Mary Susanna, born December 1, 1847; 
6th, David Brainard, born June 19, 1849, married Georgia H. 
Wood; 7th, Benjamin, born October 27, 1851 and died a week 
later; 8th, Franklin M.. born November 23, 1852, married Cor- 
nelia Tucker; 9th, Phebe Scudder, born October 8. 1854, and 
married Rev. William Forbes Cooley, July 30, 1884; 10th, Eliza- 
beth Crawford, born August 22, 1858. 

Abby, the youngest child of Susanna and Benjamin Cory, was 
born August 9, 1815 and died in Virginia in December, 1885. 
She was married to Joseph L. Bronner, who was born at Leip- 
stein in Alsace-Lorraine, Europe. They had three children, all 
sons, — Charles Joseph, Benjamin Leonard, and Arthur Emanuel. 
The three brothers married three sisters, all born in Virginia, — 
Emma P. Sisson, Mary L. Sisson, and Richara Anna Sisson. 
They all live in Baltimore. Md., their father among them, if 
yet alive; and are worthy citizens, doing well for their families, 
their country and their church. Their mother was a woman of 
fine intellect and excellent moral character, much beloved by 
her friends. Their father was highly educated, and a noble 
looking man. The Cory family, now very numerous in the 
United States, are descended from three brothers who came 
from x\berdeen, Scotland, about 1620. The family are con- 
sidered to be of Pict or Scandinavian orgin. The word, Corrie, 
from which the name Cory originated, was Gaelic and meant a 
narrow valley or glen, or a bowl-shaped hollow in a hillside. 
The transition steps of meaning we do not understand. 

Dr. James Manning Cory was born near Westfield, N. ]., 
November 2. 1797 and died at Oxford, Ohio, June 6, 1863. He 
was married August 13, 1818, to Eliza Ann Stagg, who died 
in 1846, and had five sons and two daughters. Samuel was 
bom; at Millville, Ohio, Mav 26, 1819, and died at Oxford, 


August 18, 1834. Susan Ann was born November 29, 1820, 
at Millville, as were all the children except the youngest two, 
and died in Cincinnati, July 21, 1845. Benjamin was born No- 
vember 17, 1822, and died at San Jose, Cal., January 16, 1896 
Adnline was born January 20. 1825, and died in San Jose 
January 8, 1867. Joseph Warren was born June 25, 1827, and 
died in Cincinnati October 5, 1829. James Manning was born 
in Oxford January 30, 1830, and died at Fresno. Cal., June 
14, 1897. Andrezv Jackson was born at Oxford December 24. 
1832, and died at San Jose [March 3, 1892. Dr. Benjamin Cory 
was married [March 16. 1853. to Sarah Ann Braly of San Jose. 
They had three sons and six daughters, all born at San Jose. 
John was born February 20, 1854, and was married in 1884 
to Nellie Buck. They have no children. Live in Lodi, Cal. 
Elizabeth was born January 28, 1856, and was married in 
1879 to Dr. Henry ChiMs Ledyard, a descendant of John Led- 
yard of Groton, Conn., a noted traveller and explorer. In- 
heriting somewhat of this ancestor's spirit, he went to the Orient 
after his marriage and spent ten years in the practice of his 
profession of dentistry, first in Shanghai and then in Constanti- 
nople. Returning to California he began work in Los Angeles ; 
but was soon taken away, one of the first victims of La Grippe 
in that city. He died February 27, 1890. There were three 
children born to this couple : Harry Horatio, born December 
25, 1880 in Shanghai, was married in June, 1910. to Lillian 
Frazee; Cory Childs, born in Constantinople, Turkey, was mar- 
ried on the same date as his brother, to Alice Rankin ; [Maritza, — 
in English, Mary, — also born in Constantinople, is still unmarried, 
a teacher in Los Angeles. 

Mary, second daughter of Dr. Benjamin Cory, was married in 
1881 to Dr. Francis King Ledyard. Their son Benjamin Cory 
was married in May, 1907, to Lulu Lownsberry, and has a 
son, Francis Monroe, born July 9, 1910. Their home is in San 
Jose. Helen Bell, and Francis King, the younger children, 
live with their parents in Pasadena, Cal. 

Concerning the explorer, Ledyard, it is of interest to note that 
he accompanied Captain Cook on his second voyage, and pub- 


lished a narrative of the discoveries which were of so much 
importance in settling disputed questions concerning the Antarctic 
regions. This voyage of three years' duration was begun in 
July, 1772. Ledyard engaged in other expeditions for dis- 
covery of conditions on the globe, and lost his life from virulent 
disease, in Northern Africa, in 1788, when but thirty-seven years 
of age. 

Benjamin, second son of Dr. Benjamin Cory, was born March 
17, 1860 and died Alay 27, 1860. Lewis Lincoln was born May 
4, 1861, and married in 1882. to Carrie ]*,Iartin. Their children 
are Edith Marie, Katherine, Margaret, Martin, and Benjamin. 

Susanna was married to Charles Edward Halbutzel in 1902, 
and has Charles Edward, born January 26, 1905. Harriet was 
married July 20, 1907, to Rev. Redolpho Braun Hummel, and has 
John Cory, born at Lolodorf. Africa, August 3. 1908. Edith 
was married to William Gay Alexander December 23, 1890. 
Sarah Ann is not married. James Manning Cory married Eliza- 
beth Braly, sister of his older brother's wife. They have five 
children, — Adda, Frank, George, ]\Iabel H., and Henry ]\lanning. 
George H., who was born in 1867, died May 10, 1895. Henry 
M., born in 1874, died July 12. 1899. 

Dr. Andrezi.' Jackson Cory was married October 23, 1861, to 
Albertina Ann French, who was born December 14, 1842 and 
died September 21, 1891. Their children were Benjamin Brodie, 
who was born April 26, 1863, and married to Elizabeth Braly 
Crow March 15, 1894; Albertina Jackson, born December 10, 
1872 and died April 1, 1878; Janie, who was born June 24, 1865, 
and married to Harry Cornelius Lester October 12, 1891, hav- 
ing a family of three children, — Albertina, born November 20, 
1892 and died :\Iay 7, 1908; Cory Cornelius, born January 10, 
1S95; and Denman D., born May 13, 1898. Only, one of Dr. 
J. M. Cory's daughters lived to marry and have a family, — 
Adaline. She was married October 23, 1845, to Rev. John J. 
Scott, who was born February 27, 1818, and died March 8, 
1855. One of the noblest of men, he came to an untimely death 
by the hand of a partially insane man, at his home at Lewis- 
ville, Ind., where he was pastor of a Presbyterian Church. The 


children of this family were, — WiUiam Cory, born August 16, 
1846 and died August 22, 1852; Eliza Ann. born ^larch 11. 1848; 
James Manning- born June 21. 1850; Margaret Katherine, born 
February 21, 1853 and died December 4, 1906; Mary Louise, 
born June 18, 1855, after the death of her father. Eliza Ann 
was married December 25. 1866. to Eber Crandall Munn. and has 
four children. — Adaline Corinne. who was born Xovember 28, 
1867, married February 12. 1890. to George Lester Tarleton. and 
has George Eber. born December 13, 1891; Lloyd Irving, born 
May 6. 1894. and Edward Scott, born January 8, 1900; Frank- 
Scott Munn. born February 21, 1870. and married June 8, 1901, 
to Minnie Kerberger ; Margaret Louise ^lunn. born March 9. 1872. 
married April 7, 1900. to Luther Dickerson Smith, and has Lida. 
born July 27. 1^07; Anna Cobb Munn. born December 11. 1874. 
and died June 27. 1897. James Manning Scott was married 
February 12. 1885. to Lizzie Virginia Robertson, and has Ben 
Robertson, born November 22. 1887. who married a Miss ]\Iurphy 
and has tv;o sons. 

Margaret Katherine Scott entered upon her life work of 
teaching at the age of sixteen, serving first at San Jose, then 
in Los Angeles for some years ; and finally for a number of 
years as a missionary teacher at Sao Paulo, Brazil, in South 
America. She died at San Jose December 4, 1906. 

Mary Louise Scott was married September 1, 1875 to Samuel 
Henry Cronk. Their children are, — James Scott, born June 
13, 1876, Frank Henry, born May 26. 1878, and Evaline. born 
January 8, 1880. 

By a second marriage Dr. James Manning Cory had a daugh- 
ter Mary, born at Oxford in 1850, who was very happily mar- 
ried to a Dr. Evans and had some family ; but her later records 
are not, at hand. 

n. Anna, the second daughter of Christopher and Abigail 
Denman, was born after the Declaration of Independence, Octo- 
ber 24, 1776, and died May 14, 1832 very suddenly, as she was 
walking in the garden ; probably from heart failure. She was 
married September 19, 1795, to John Mills, whose nationality. 


and the date of whose birth, are not on record. He died July 
14, 1841, after but seven hours' illness. There were three sons 
and three daughters, — Denman, Huldah, Benjamin, Mary, Anna, 
and John. 

Denman was born in 1796, went to Ohio in 1817 and the next 
year to New Orleans, after which he was lost to sight, and was, 
after a number of years, concluded to be dead. Huldah was 
born October 8. 1800 and died December 5, 1821. Benjamin 
was born February 8, 1803. (For his family see below.) Mary 
was born August 25. 1806, and died September 11, 1838. She 
married a Watson and had one son, who died without family. 

Anna was born in 1839 and married Marsh. She had 

one daughter, who married a Lockwood, but had no heir. 

John, the youngest, was born April 12, 1813, and lived on 
the old homestead, where he died in 1887. He married Elizabeth 
Mondy and had three sons. — Albert, who married and had one 
son, John Denman ; Silas, who married and had two sons ; and 
Benjamin, who married and had thre€ sons, and a daughter, 
Cordelia, who married a Jennings and had a large family. 

Benjamin Mills was twice married. The first wife had three 
children, — Benjamin, born April 19, 1829, and died by drown- 
ing, June 22, 1838; Christopher D., born September 30. 1830, 
had a family of daughters, and died December 31, 1877; and 
John D., born September 25, 1833, and died at the age of seven 

The second wife had five children, — Ann Jane, born October 
25, 1835, married John D. Frazer, had one daughter, and died 
October 31, 1864; Washington, born February 16. 1838, had 
three daughters, and died August 6, 1872 ; Augustus Rinier, 
born January 22, 1840 and never married ; John Frazer, born 
October 9, 1843, married a Miss Abendroth, and has four sons; 
and Mortimer, born August 11, 1847. 

ni. Abigail, third daughter of Christopher and Abigail 
Denman, was born May 3, 1779 and died May 10, 1841. She 
was married March 2, 1800 to Joh^i Marsh, son of Isaac, one 
of a long line of Marshes, who was born September 18, 1779 


and died February 18, 1860. Their children were Hannah 
Bryant, Margaret Milligan, Ann. Rebecca Denman, Christopher 
Denman, Isaac, Rhoda Bryant, and Benjamin Cory. 

Hannah B., was born September 6. 1801 and died in March, 
1884. She was married February 28. 1819 to Thomas Hewitt 
who died July 19. 1823. Their one child. John M. Hewitt, was 
born November 16, 1820 and died unmarried in 1865. Hannah 
was married again on January 23. 1831, to John W. Stratton 
who died without children June 12, 1832. 

Margaret M., was born October 11, 1802 and died April 11, 
1837. She married a Lee and left children. 

Ann was born June 28, 1805 and died July 11, 1895, when 
just past ninety years of age. She was married to Moses Lee, — 
date now lost, — and had two sons and one daughter. 

Rebecca D. was born July 26, 1807, and died December 19, 
1864. She married a Mr. Addison and had two children. 

Christopher D. was born January 7. 1813 and died October 3, 
1822, when in his tenth year. 

Isaac was born April 2, 1815 and died February 17, 1899. He 
was married May 24, 1838 to Joanna L. Clark, who was born 
September 18, 1823 and died March 16, 1879. Their children 
were Christopher Denman, Augusta A., Sarah Elizabeth, Ralph 
Denman, and Frank Abernethy. Christopher D. was born April 
20, 1841. He married Clara Tower, who was born September 18, 
1867 in Jersey City, and died May 28. 1905, without children. 
Augusta A. was born November 18. 1844, and married September 
5, 1866 to Herbert C. Plass, who was born April 6, 1842. Of 
their five children three are dead ; — Clara Augusta, who was 
born December 29, 1872 and died February 2, 1873 ; Evelyn 
May, born June 11, 1877 and died November 9, 1880; and 
Howard ^larsh, born August 21, 1880 and died January 24, 
1881. The eldest, Florence Edna, who was born July 21, 1870, 
was married on October 3. 1898, to John K. Roundey. Herbert 
Edmond Plass was born November 2. 1874, and married to 
-Rae Randolph June 4, 1910. Sarah Elizabeth, the second daugh- 
ter of Isaac Marsh, was born August 7, 1847, married Melancthon 
Reeve, who died January 21, 1902. Ralph Denman Marsh, M. D., 


born July 8, 1858, died unmarried April 29, 1884. Frank Aber- 
nethy Marsh, born November 25, 1860, married Etta Grundaker. 

Rhoda Bryant, youngest daughter of John and Abigail Marsh, 
was born April 4, 1820 and died June 28, 1851. She married 
Josiah Baker. 

Benjamin Cory, the youngest son, was born May 14, 1824 and 
died August 31, 1867. He was married September 29, 1849 
to Mary A. Streeter, who was born Alarch 15, 1827 and died 
April 25, 1862. Their children were, — Mary C., born January 
20, 1852, and married in October, 1875 to Oscar Dent Mott ; 
and Willis G., born April 1, 1855. Deceased, date unknown. 

IV. John Den max, the only son of Christopher and i\bigail, 
was born February 28, 1782, and died September 24, 1849. He 
was married, first to Rebecca High, July 5, 1801, who lived only 
a few years and left no children ; and, second, in 1815, to Lockey, 
daughter of Capt. Isaac INIarsh, who was born in 1792, and died 
in 1875, having outlived her seven sons. Her only daughter, 
Mary Rebecca, became the Mrs. Matthews of Newark, N. J., 
so widely known as a skillful and successful collector of genealog- 
ical records. This John Denman lived on the old Denman farm 
near Westfield, as a farmer; but he also served as a Govern- 
ment Contractor in getting out ship timber and transporting war 
supplies. He was a la;ge man, energetic and forceful, and 
much esteemed by all who knew him. The family of John 
Denman and Lockey ]Marsh embraced seven sons, — John Chris- 
topher, Isaac Marsh, Alvan Fox, Ralph ]Marsh, and three that 
died in infancy ; and one daughter, Mary Rebecca. 

John Christopher was born November 17, 1815, and died 
February 4, 1864. He was married to Eliza Hendricks in 1844, 
and had a son, George Hendricks, born in 1849, and married in 
1876 to Sarah Green, by whom he had two sons, George and 
Morris. John and Eliza had also a daughter, Lilly Orlean, 
born in 1859, who married James Reinhardt. 

Isaac, Marsh Denman was born March 8, 1821, and died 
November 21, 1866. He was married in 1845 to Mary Ransley 
Cross, who was born in Newark, N. J., August 13, 1823, and died 
November 2Z, 1899. Thev had three sons, — Isaac Rolfe, Abram 



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Cross, and Frederick Arthur. The eldest son was born May 
13, 1851, and married in 1874 to Anna Bustell. They had two 
children, who died in infancy. Abram Cross was born July 
18, 1853, and married June 17. 1874. to Sarah Little and had 
two children, Abram Cross Jr.. and Emma Halsey. Frederick- 
Arthur, born May 27. 1861, died, unmarried, in February. 1893. 
Abram Cross Jr.. born December 26. 1875. was married June 
17, 1897. to Grace Ward Davis of Newark. X. J., and has 
three children. — Frederick Halsey. Grachen, and John Chris- 
topher. Emma Halsey was married March 13. 1907, to Gregory 
Palmer of Albany. X. Y. Both she and her brother live now 
in Redlands. Cal. 

Mary Rebecca, only daughter of John and Lockey Marsh 
Denman, was born on the old homestead farm near Westfield. 
January 7, 1824. and died January 8. 1901 in Xewark. She 
was married in 1845 to John E. !Matthews of Ragland. Wales. 
who was born in 1815. and died in 1859. They had two chil- 
dren. — John Christopher Denman. who was born in 1855. and 
died, unmarried. January 27, 1894; and Cordelia Catherine, born 
in 1853. and married in 1875. to Edward Xichols Crane, a de- 
scendant of Alice and Jasper Crane 1st. born 1610 and died 1651. 
The children of this family are. — Helen Matthews, who was 
born February 27. 1876. and married February 8. 1906, to E. 
Erie Moody: Edna X^ichols, born X'ovember 20. 1878; Jasper 
Elliot, born May 17. 1881. married Olive E. Crow, October 
24. 1908. and has two daughters. — Olive Cordelia, born Septem- 
ber 4, 190?. and Helen, born Sl^/'"l9. 1910: Amanda Lewis. 
born December 3. 1884, married June 9, 1908, to Littleton Kirk- 
patrick, and has Amy, born Mav 25, 1909. and Louise Howell. 
born September 8. 1910: Cordelia, bom July 30, 1886, and mar- 
ried on February 4. 1911. to Alan De Schweinitz ; Edward 
Matthews, born March 31, 1896. Mr. De Schweinitz is de- 
scended from Count Zinzendorf. and is a grandson of Bishop De 
Schweinitz of the Moravian Church in this country, and a great 
grandson of Lucretia Mott. the noted Quaker preacher and 
abolitionist.. The loved and honored head of this household 
passed away suddenly on June 12. 1911, aged 65 years. From his 


almost perfect health of many years he was caught away from his 
family in less than hour from the first intimation of illness. 
"Like a bolt from the clearest and sunniest of skies, it was as 
nearly as possible a painless passing from one home to another." 
He was born in Newark, and was always prominent in the busi- 
ness, social and church affairs of the city. Alvan fox, third son 
of John and Lockey Denman, was born January 4, 1831, and died 
October 20, 1869. He married }^Iary Bartoche, who was born 
May 10, 1832, and died April 12. 1888. Their children were,— 
John C, born April 20, 1856; Lockey Marsh, born March 3, 1859; 
Albert H., born July 26, I860: Reba M.. born March 3. 1862, and 
died October 6, 1876; Christopher, born October 17, 1864; Jane 
H., bom August 31. 1866, and died January 6, 1890; Fannie Bibb, 
bom September 5, 1867; Alvan Rolfe, bom November 3, 1869. 

John C. was married April 30, 1891, to Elsie Conger, who 
died December 31, 1904. Their children were, — Reba, born 
April 2, 1892; Kathryn, born June 26, 1894; Jacquin, born 
January 3, 1896. John C. married again, on August 20, 1907, 
to Edith Benwell. Lockey Marsh was married April 20. 1893, 
to John Frederick Peniston. They have two children, — Den- 
man, born April 6, 1895. and John Frederick, Jr., born No- 
vember 11, 1897. Albert Henry married Virginia M. Deran. 
Christopher is not married. Frances Bibb was married February 
8, 1896, to David K. Osborne, who died February 8. 1905. They 
had two sons, — Thomas Denman, born October 30, 1897, and 
John Denman, born June 9, 1899. Frances B. was married 
again in April, 1908, to Dr. O. W. MacConnell. Alvan Rolph 
was married to Laura Rebecca Sanderson, April 5, 1899. Their 
children are. — John Rolph, born July 11, 1900; ]Margaretta 
Sanderson, bom February 8, 1903 ; and Alvan Raynard Chris- 
topher, born October 6, 1909. Rolph Marsh, the youngest son 
of John and Lockey ]\Iarsh Denman, was born February 3, 
1833, and died December 3, 1870. 

V. HuLDAH, fourth daughter of Christopher and Abigail 
Denman, was born October 1, 1784, and died near New Lexing- 
ton. Preble Co., O.. August 7, 1830. On October 20, 1800, she 
was married to Jonathan, son of Melyne and Sarah Miller, who 


was born June 14, 1776, and died July 24, 1831. He was 
probably of Scotch ancestry ; and the family lived on Long 
Island, and came from there to New Jersey near the same time 
as the Denmans, settling at Westfield, where they became very 
numerous. The early homes of these two persons were but 
half a mile apart. (Their family will be given separately.) 

VI. Mary Den max, youngest child of Christopher and Abi- 
gail, was born September 15, 1787, married to Benjamin IVood- 
rxiff, June 4, 1808, and died soon after the birth of her son, 
Christopher Dcnman, who was born October 10, 1810. This 
son grew up, and married Elizabeth Kip, by whom he had eight 
children, as follows, — Christopher Denman, born ]vlarch 10, 1837, 
and died January 18, 1910; Henry Kip, born August 22, 1838; 
Susan Kip, born }vlarch 24, 1840. and died January 16, 1872; 
Mary Elizabeth, born December 7, 1841 ; Alaria L., born No- 
vember 25, 1843, and died July 10, 1900; Katherine F., born 
December 14, 1846. 

After the death of ]vlary Denman Woodruff, her husband, 
Benjamin, married Mary, the daughter of her cousin, Andrew 
Denman, who was the eldest son of Joseph, an older brother 
of Christopher Denman ; and by her he had nine children. 
The eighth of these, Robert, who was born August 7, 1828, 
and died November 24, 1896. married Elizabeth P. Baker, and 
had six children, — Wilford B., born November 13, 1850; Benja- 
min H., born August 4, 1852; Mary I., born July 20, 1854; Al- 
phareta, born December 18, 1856; Lizzie, born April 8, 1860, 
and Robert, born April 26, 1863. Wilford B. Woodruff mar- 
ried ]\Iary E. Van Nordall of New York, and has two sons 
and one daughter, and several grandchildren. He has always 
lived at Westfield, where there are many Woodruffs. There 
have been several instances of marriages between W^oodrutfs 
and Denmans, the two families having lived in near neighbor- 
hood to each other for many generations. * 

The Miller Family. 

I. Sarah was born October 5, 1801, and died July 30, 1872. 
She was married at New Lexington, O., to Francis Marion Price, 


who was born in Montgomery Co., Va., May 8, 1797, and died 
near La Grange, Ind., January 30, 1878. 

They had seven sons and two daughters, all born at New 
Lexington, except the youngest. Eli::a Ann was born March 
17, 1822, and died July 1905. She was married in 1845, to 
Harmon McCoy, and had two daughters. Minnie and Alice, 
who died early, and a son, Thomas, who never married. After 
the death of her first husband she married his cousin, Thomas 
McCoy of Macomb, Ills., and had one son. Wiley. Edivin 
Lafayette Price was born October 24, 1824; went to California 
in 1849 and engaged in farming and mining. He never mar- 
ried, and died there December 4, 1874. 

Amos F. was born February 14. 1827, and died December 
26. 1832. Harvey, born July 23, 1829. went to California in 
1852, lived in Butte Co., and never married. 

Thomas Hanna, born January 26, 1832, was supposed to have 
been killed by the Indians in 1870. in Idaho, where he was en- 
gaged in stock raising. Lockey Jane was born October 10. 1834, 
and married September 15, 1857, to James M. Preston. They 
had one daughter and two sons; Ella E., born June 6, 1860, 
married ]\Iarch 26, 1884, to Charles M. Grossman and had four 
daughters. — Bertha ^M.. born ]^Iarch 31. 1886; Anna ^I.. born 
March 23, 1889; Gertrude P.. born September 11. 1892. and 
Hazel M., born May 13, 1899,— all near Petosky, Mich. 

Frank B. Preston, born October 21, 1863, and died De- 
cember 26, 1904. He was married March 24, 1897 to Emma 
Treeby, and had a son. Jay, born July 31, 1902, and a daughter, 
Frances, born August 31, 1904. }vlarion A. Preston was born 
September 20, 1865, and died March 10, 1866. 
• Silas Denman Avas born December 30, 1836, and died in 
Kansas December 13, 1908. He was married January 2, 1872. 
to Xancy X^orris and had eight children. — Gertrude, Minnie, 
Georgia, Henry Martyn, James Augustus, born in 1884, and died 
in infancy, Drewey Willis, born in 1885, and died the next 
year, Bessie Dives, and Louise Xorris. Gertrude, the eldest. 
was born October 17, 1872, and died March 2, 1904. She 
was married in 1893 to William Ewing- and had four children, — 


Nona Belle, born 1894, Elsie Marie, born 1896, Georgia, born 
in 1898, and Daniel, born in 1901. Minnie was born in 1875, 
married Hugh Weirrick in 1896, and had one son, Clarence 
Leroy, born February 4, 1899. Georgia was bofn in 1875, 
married David Xixon in 1903, and had four children, — Georgia, 
born 1904, Maria, born 1906, David, born 1908, and Albin, in 
1910. Henry Martyn was born October 17, 1883. married Anna 
Hastings December 26, 1907, and has a daughter, Vera Louise, 
born July 26, 1910. Bessie Dives was born August 7, 1888, and 
married to Emerson Willis December 26, 1907. They have one 
child. Prentice Fay, born October 27, 1909. Louise Norris, born 
August 5, 1892, lives in Oklahoma ; record incomplete. 

Arthur Middleton was born January 11, 1839, and died April 
10, 1896. He married Emily Weir, who died July 17, 1905. 
They had two sons, — Henry W., born November 6, 1869, and 
Fred E., born July 20. 1871. Henry W. was married in 
October, 1896, to Grace Case, and had Arthur M., born July 
25, 1900, and Henry M. and Dorothy Grace, twins, born on 
May 1, 1904. The mother died the same day. 

Henry Martyn was born July 16, 1843, and married November 
23, 1871, to Elizabeth Hoagland. Lives in Lagrange, Ind. 

H. Abby Dexmax was born March 17, 1804, and died May 
10, 1871. She was married in 1825 to IVilliam Byrani, who was 
the twelfth in a family of thirteen, the children of Joseph Byram 
and Esther Douglas — descended from an old Scotch family, — 
and was a grandson of Abigail Alden and Ebenezer Byram. 
He was born in Essex Co., N. J., in 1800 ; and, at seventeen years 
of age emigrated to Ohio on foot, in company with a friend, 
walking the whole 621 miles to Dayton, O., in thirty-six days. 
He settled at Liberty, Ind., and spent the remainder of his 
life there, nearly fifty-two years, until his death, February 19, 
1877. His wife had preceded him by nearly six years. 

To them were born five sons and two daughters, parts of 
whose records are defective, owing to losses by fire. 

Huldah was born in 1826, and married in 1844 to John W. 
Scott. Their onlv child, Laura Ann Eliza, was born October 11, 


1845, and the mother died when she was five weeks old. Laura 
entered upon her life work, teaching, at sixteen years of age, and 
is still so engaged, in 1911. Silas Douglas was born in 1828, 
and died December 28, 1900. He was married in 1852, 
<■'' Lizzie Goodwin, and had a daughter, Flora, born Alay 26. 
1853, and a son, Charles Conklin. born October 10, 1854. who 
died August 4, 1897. The mother died May 12, 1855. Flora 
married John B. Russell and had a son, Charles Byram, born 
December 31, 1882, who married Loleta Yancy, and had Jessie 
Loleta. born July 2, 1910. Flora's younger son, Lloyd Emmet, 
was born August 29. 1885. Upon the breaking out of the Civil 
War in 1861 S. D. Byram enlisted in the 16th Indiana Infantry, 
and was Drill Sergeant for the Company which was raised at 
Liberty, his home. After the battle of Bull Run he was as- 
signed to the Signal Corp Service on detached duty, with the 
rank of Captain, from August, 1861 to IMay, 1862. He was 
afterward mustered out as 2d Lieutenant, and then raised a 
Company of Burnside Guards, (General Burnside was a native 
of Liberty, Ind.) for the 164th Indiana Regiment, called the 
State Legion. Of this company he was Captain. He was mar- 
ried on January 12, 1863. at Baltimore, Md., to Lancetta Lavinie 
Harris, of Frederick. 'Md. They had five daughters and one 
son, all born at Liberty, Ind. Addie Josephine was born Octo- 
ber 20, 1863, and married June 16, 1892, to J. Henry Sharp, 
an artist, of Cincinnati. Lizzie Roletta was born April 27 , 1865, 
and died in January, 1876. Mary Harris was born in May, 
1863, and married Thomas Crosby of Delphi. Ind., and has one 
son. Margaret Duterow was born October 2, 1870. Louise 
Lancetta was born October 7, 1873. ]\Iorris C. — the tallest man 
in the kinship, 6 feet and almost 6 inches, — has a son, Douglas 
Dean, born May 30. 1903, and a daughter, Margaret Louise, 
bom December 7, 1904. 

Adaline Cory was born in 1830. married to Dr. Amos B. 
Casterline in 1852. and died April 18. 1859. Henry Irvin died in 
infancy; dates of his birth and death are lost. John Christopher 
was born October 27, 1835, and died August 21, 1889. He 
enlisted September 17, 1861, in the 36th Regiment. Indiana 


Volunteers. He was wounded at the battle of Murfreesboro, 
between December 31, 1862 and January 2, 1863. After nine 
months' confinement at home with that very painful wound, 
he returned to the field and was in the battle of Chickamauffa 
and other actions. He was made 1st Lieutenant before his dis- 
charge, January 24, 1864. In that year he was married to Mary 
McAlister of Rochester, X. Y., who survived him several years. 
Ellis Tilford was born January 8. 1839. and died May 30, 1908. 
He was married in 1864 to Huldah Miller and had three sons 
and two daughters. Eva was born December 20, 1864, and was 
married to Joseph M. Banker, February 3, 1898. William Den- 
man was born July 15, 1866. and was married August 1. 1889, 
to Frances Henrietta Ouesnel. of French descent. Ruth Alden 
was born June 2. 1872. George Edward was born September 8, 
1874, and was married December 5. 1900. to Edna Borthick of 
Glendale, Cal. They have one daughter and three sons, — Frances 
Helen, born December 8. 1902; Edward Borthick, born July 8, 
1904; Harold Denman, born November 13, 1907; — these all in 
Glendale— and Paul Littleton, born September 30, 1911, at San 
Dimas, California. Rolph Matthews was born ?^Iarch 7, 1879, 
and was married April 6, 1905, to Edna May Patten of Los 

Omar, the youngest son of William and Abby D. Byram, was 
born, probably, in 1842, and lived to about three years of age. — a 
lovely and beautiful child. The dates are lost. 

HI. John Dexm-kx was born December 31, 1806, and died 
October 23, 1884. He was married March 10, 1830, to Htddah 
Ann, daughter of Ebenezer B. Ayers of New Lexington, O., who 
was born at Montgomery. Orange Co., N. Y., February 3, 1810. 
They had one son and eight daughters, three of whom died, 
unnamed, in early infancy. Their first child, Abby, was born 
in Dayton, O., February 12, 1831, and died near New Lexington, 
January 3, 1833. 

Harriet N'ezvell was born July 6. 1835, on Stone Lick Farm. 

near New Lexington, as were all the younger children of the 

family. She was married May 21. 1857. to Rev. John Huo-hes 

Harris, who was born near Akron. O., Mav 22, 1832, and cfied 



at Glendale, Cal., November 26, 1886. Their daughter, Ann 
Judson, was born near Akron May 5, 1858, and is the care-taker 
of the home in Glendale. Lydia Sigourney was born at Mc- 
Arthur, O., May 30, 1859, and was married October 1, 1884, to 
Rev. Cyrus Hamlin. They have one son, Winthrop Abbott, born 
August 17, 1891, at Beloit, Wis. After a number of years spent 
in pastoral work they were called in 1896 to Tougaloo Univer- 
sity, near Jackson, Miss., where he is still Dean, and Professor 
of several branches, and she is Principal of the Department of 

Alurray ]\IcCheyne Harris was born in Aurora, 111., July 1, 
1866, and was married April 16, 1888, to Helen Hubbard Field 
of Los Angeles. He was the founder of pipe-organ building in 
Los Angeles, and has built some of the best known organs in 
the country. 

Sophia was born November 7. 1836, and was married June 
17, 1873, to Thomas Kirkpatrick Galloway,' of Scotch descent, 
who died at their home at ]vIontgomery, O., August 1, 1903. She 
has since made her home at Glendale, Cal. Robert Scott was 
born March 9, 1838, and died August 21, 1892. On January 
1, 1857, he married Nancy Ann Taylor in Eaton, O. Their 
family embraced six sons and two daughters. The eldest, Edwin. 
was born April 23, 1859, and died in Memphis, Tenn., April 
9, 1909. He was married February 2, 1885, at Oskaloosa, la., 
to Leah Rachel Lloyd, who was born, in Rhyl, North Wales. 
John Denman was born October 1, 1860, and died ^lay 21, 
1899. He was married at San Antonio, Texas, April 23, 1891, 
to Catherine Elizabeth Walter, who was born at Bingen on the 
Rhine. Their children are Hazel Elizabeth, born !March 7, 1892, 
and Ethel Mary, born December 23, 1893, both at San Antonio. 
Hugh ^liller was born January 10, 1864, and died August 28. 
1899. Frank was born December 24, 1865, and died when a 
little boy, June 23, 1869. Robert Charles was born September 
4, 1869. He married ^lary Elizabeth Lane, daughter of Turner 
Hugh Lane and Mary A. ^McDonald, a direct descendant from 
Robert Bruce. Their children are Mary Luella, born January 
22, 1899, and Elizabeth Lane, born March 30. 1906, both in 



Memphis, Tenn. Mary was born December 23, 1871, and married 
June 8, 1891, to William Franklin Babcock. George Taylor was 
born August 31, 1874, and died in early manhood, June 13. 1900. 
Huldah Anna was born August 4, 1876. Lives with her mother 
in Chicago. 

Huldah was born April 6, 1842, and married in 1864, to 
Ellis T. Byram. The record of their family will be found 
under the head of Byram, No. II. Alice was born June 20, 
1843, and was married August 25, 1886, to Elias Ayers of 
Lewisburg, Preble Co., O. Their home is in Glendale, Cal. After 
the death of the mother of this family, August 3. 1860, the father 
was married October 28, 1862, to Mrs. Susan Devon Coo'k, who 
died March 18, 1872. He died in Glendale, Cal., October 23, 
1884, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles. 
Both his wives were buried at Eaton, Ohio. 

IV. Dickerson was born October 4, 1809, and died June 26, 
1884. He was married October 8, 1840, to Emily Collett. who 
was born April 18, 1822, and died June 10, 1871. They had 
two sons and four daughters. Drusilla was born May 7, 1842, 
and died January 21, 1862. She married L. Z. Cook, February 
21, 1861. and had one daughter, Drusilla A., who married J. 
G- Miller December 24. 1884, and died April 5, 1886. Amanda 
was born August 23, 1843, and died November 23. 1880. She 
was married November 27, 1877, to Abraham Lincoln Brown 
and had one child that died without name in a few days. 

Sarah E. was born May 12, 1846, married November 5, 1867, 
to Owen Davis, and died March 11,4'8?4. Maria was born July /f7^ 
7, 1851, married March 2, 1880, to Taylor Webster Price, and 
died December 13. 1892. John Denman was born February 13, 
1856, and died August 30 of the same year. Milton Latta was 
born June 11, 1860, and married March 24, 1880. to Emma Cain, 
who died June 25, 1893. There were three sons born to them, — 
Harvey E., born April 11, 1890, and died October 31, 1891; 
Ralph W'., born August 16, 1893, and died May 5, 1900; and 
Frederick Ray, born June 19, 1902. Milton and his little son 
live at Goshen, Ind., in the home of Mrs. Cain, the mother of 


his wife. Dickerson ^kliller went in early manhood to North- 
eastern Indiana, and the entire Hfe of his branch of the family 
has been spent there. 

V. Melyne was born March 12, 1812. and died May 27, 
1889, at Rochester, Ind. He was married February 12, 1838, to 
Aletha Ann Ivins, who was born in New Jersey, October. 1817, 
and died ia Eaton, O., October, 1858. They had two sons 
and one daughter. Joseph Warren was born July 7, 1839, at New 
Lexington, O., and died at Brighton, England, December 26, 
1875. He was a soldier in the Civil War, enlisting at Gelena, 
111., September 21, 1861. He was mustered in as 1st Sergeant 
in Co. D, of the 45th Illinois Volunteer Infantry, for the period 
of three years, November 20, 1861, was promoted to 1st Lieuten- 
ant and Captain, and promoted again as Captain and Assistant 
Adjutant General by the President. He took part in the move- 
ments at Forts Henry and Donaldson : and at Pittsburg Landing 
he was shot in the thigh. After leaving hospital in Cincinnati, 
he returned to the front, and was in active service in Western 
Tennessee, at Vicksburg, and elsewhere, till the close of the war. 
George Ivins was born December 20, 1840. near New Lexington, 
and was married at Lima, Ind., March 17, 1870, to Marion 
Semple Ackerman. who was born January 1. 1842, at Easton. 
Pa. Their daughter. Belle Catherine, was born February 18, 
1872, at Rochester, Ind., and married March 13, 1894, to Ed- 
ward Lewis Zeis. George I. ^^liller enlisted October 12, 1861, 
as Corporal of Co. D, 47th Indiana Infantry, and went to the 
front in December. Was in service at New Madrid, Mo., and at 
Vicksburg and onward to New Orleans, and with General Banks 
in the Red River campaign. Mustered out December. 1864. 
the end of his term of service. 

Helen America was born January 6. 1843, at College Corner, 
Ohio, and died March 21, 1878. at Richmond, Va. Melyne 
Miller himself saw service in the last year of the war. He was 
commissioned 1st Lieutenant in January, 1864, and mustered 
with Co. E., 130th Indiana Infantry, which ConTpany he assisted 
in recruiting. In ^Nlarch, 1864. he went to the front with his 









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Company, in the 23d Corps. General McPherson, and took part 
in the campaign which terminated in the capture of Atlanta. 
He resigned in September, 1864. on account of disability. 

VI. LoCKEY Marsh was born April 13, 1815, and died 
October 5, 1871. She was married at Liberty, Ind., October 

23, 1833, to Ansehii Douglas Johnson, who was born iVIarch 18, 
1811, near Lynchburg, Va.. and died near Liberty, Ind.. June 26, 
1874. They had five sons and six daughters, all of whom grew 
up except one. 

Deborah Jane was born November 2. 1834, and died October 

24, 1890. She was married September 10, 1857, to Rev. John 
C. Tidball, who died November 8, 1870. Melyne Miller, born 
July 20, 1836, was married June 26, 1862, to Anna N. Smith, 
and had five sons and two daughters. The eldest, William Frank, 
was born July 19, 1864, married January 30, 1889. to Edith 
Hayworth, and had one son, Richard ^Melyne, born May 22, 
1890. Mary E. was born May 4, 1866, and married May 26, 
1886, to Rev. George W. Isham. Their children are, — Anna 
Elizabeth, born at York, Neb., April 16. 1887, and Robert 
Melyne, born January 20. 1889, at ^^ladras, India, where they 
spent some time in missionary work among the Eurasian people, 
who speak the English language. Emma A. was born August 
23, 1868, and died November 17, 1879. Charles D. was born 
May 20, 1871, and married May L. Dunlap January 11. 1893. 
John M., born September 25, 1873, married Retta Swain ]^Iarch 
16, 1901. Albert Denman, born June 2, 1880, married Bessie 
Templeton August 2Z, 1905, and has one son, Lloyd Albert, born 
April 17, 1908. Edgar Oran. born December 12, 1876, married 
Lillian Pachler December 13. 1905, and has one son, born May 
7, 1908, named Robert Edgar. ^Melyne M. Johnson was a 
soldier in the Civil War, enlisting for one year. April, 1861, in 
the 16th Indiana Volunteers. He served in the Army of the 
Potomac, and was discharged at Washington City at the end 
of his term. 

Sarah Amanda was born July 29. 1838, and married December 
11, I860, to Rev. Samuel Howard Lock wood, who died Sep- 


tember 15, 1864. They had a son, Edmund Janes, born De- 
cember 19, 1861, at Laurel, Ind., and a daughter, Laura Emma, 
born October 11, 1S63. at Moore's Hill, Ind. Rev. Edmund J. 
Lockwood was married December 25, 1883, to Mary B. Hester, 
and has a daughter, Laura, born July 6, 1884, at Alaynard, 
Iowa, and a son, Howard M., born at Edgewood, Iowa, October 
9, 1888. He is pastor of a large M. E. Church in Cedar Rapids, 
Iowa. His sister, Laura, is at the head of the Department of 
English Literature in Wellesley College, Mass. Matilda Ann 
was born October 25, 1840, and died July 3, 1860. David Melvin 
was born September 15, 1842. 

After a number of years of active business life in Iowa, he 
went to the Pacific Coast, and is now settled at Monrovia, Cal. 
The complete records of his family have not been received. 

Orell Mary was born January 14, 1845, and married January 
30, 1868, to Martin Kingery. They had a daughter, Ida Luella, 
bom October 18. 1868, and three sons, — Fred D., born May 
28, 1871, Clinton Herbert, born March 14, 1875, and Rollin j', 
born May 27, 1878. All were born near Liberty, Ind. The 
family went to Kansas in March, 1879, and to Billings, Okla., 
in September, 1895. so that some of the eight grandchildren 
were born in Kansas and the rest in Oklahoma. Ida Luella 
was married February 17, 1892, to Willis A. Williams and 
has one daughter, Orell Mary, born October 21, 1893. Fred 
was married November 11. 1897, to Lura Belle Dupy and has 
five sons, — Arthur ^vlartin, born February 6, 1900; Ray, born 
January 11, 1902; Willis Howard, born' April 8, 1904; Earl, 
born August 31. 1907; and Perry Elwood, born February 15, 
1910. Rollin was married to Sidonia Minnie Gellerman x\pril 
8, 1908, and has Clarence Elmer, born February 4, 1909, and 
Thelma Louella, born July 8, 1910. Emma Rebecca was born 
August 18, 1847, and died August 18, 1886. She was married 
in February, 1870, to Elisha Ridenour and had five children, — 
Emmet, born December 26, 1870, and died August 9, 1886; 
Nellie, born September 11, 1872, married to Charles Frederick, 
and living in Washington D. C. ; Sadie, born, — date lost, — 
and died in November, 1907; Addie, born, — date lost, — and 


married to William T. Reed, living in Topeka, Kan. Martha 
was born February 14, 1850, and died when nearly a year old. 

Arthur IVilliam was born May 22, 1852, and married No- 
vember 26, 1875, to Addie E. Williams, who was born June 
8, 1853. Their children are Gertrude L., born November 29, 
1876; Mark T., born December 18, 1878; Elsie Mabel, born 
August 19, 1881. — these all near Liberty, Ind., — and Herbert 
Earl, born February 7, 1885, in Davenport, Iowa. This person 
has an unusual war record. Upon the breaking out of the 
Spanish War, early in 1898, a hurry order was sent to the Gov- 
ernment Arsenal at Rock Island, — opposite Davenport, — for army 
material, and even young boys were employed when their service 
was sufficient. Earl was put in the Canteen Department, where 
harness makers' tools were employed in stitching up the leather 
covers, an awl being used to make holes for the needle. With 
one of these an accident occurred by which he lost entirely the 
use of his right eye. John Denman was born August 22, 1854. 
and married November 7. 1880, to Emma Calista Vosburg, who 
was born March 17, 1862. Their children are, — Lucretia May, 
born October 6, 1881. married October 30, 1907, to Guy Adam 
Miller ; their son, Guy Denman. born October 18, 1909. at their 
home in Des [Moines. la. Emma \'era, born April 27, 1884, mar- 
ried to Samuel A. Meyer. September 16, 1908, and has a daugh- 
ter, Lucile Johnson, born at their home in Denver. Col., De- 
cember 7, 1910. Leighton Denman, born September 14, 1894, 
lives with his parents in Basin. Wyoming. 

Elwood Terrell was born September 11. 1857. and died March 
4, 1900. He was married April 3. 1879. to Hannah Eikenbury, 
who died March 18. 1897. They had a son, Leroy, born No- 
vember 7. 1879, and died March 30. 1897; a daughter, Lennie, 
born June 17, 1881, who was married to Ray Nickles February 
8, 1900, and had Pearl, born in July, 1901 ; twins, Louis, and 
Lois, born October 5, 1908,— Louis died in March, 1910; and 
Elizabeth, born in March, 1910. A daughter, Alpha O., born 
September 21, 1884. was married to Riley Davis March 31, 1907, 
and has a daughter, Martha, born February 8, 1908. The young- 
est child of Elwood and Hannah. Florence Adaline. was born 



August 4, 18^7. All the children of Anslem D. and Lockey M. 

Johnson were born in or near Liberty, Ind. 

VII. Mary Catherine, born September 18, 1817, and died 
February 27 , 1904, at the age of eighty-eight years and six 
months, the most advanced age of any one in this branch of 
the Denman family. 

She was married June 17. 1840 to Samuel B. Storer, who was 
born August 11, 1811 in Middlesex Co., X. J., and died December 
23, 1884. To them were born three sons and three daughters. 
Isaiah, born August 21, 1841, and died December 14, 1884. Was 

married to Sarah Barron in and had Katie, born 

September 21, 1868; Charles, born November 1, 1873; Warren, 
born August 24, 1882; and Bessie, born March 4, 1885. Mary 

Ann was born ]vlarch 15, 1844, and married to Kensinger, 

who is now dead. Silas was born October 3, 1847. Is un- 
married. Laurinda was born December 2, 1849, and died August 
7, 1905. Adaline, born January 7, 1857, and married July 8, 
1858, to John H. Xovinger. Their children were, — William. E., 
born April 22, 18^6, and died December 6 of the same year; 
Delia Mae, born ;March 21, 1878, married February 2. 1903, to 
Joseph Kroeger, and has one child, Gertrude Adaline, born 
February 7, 1904; Lura Belle, born August 7, 1880; Minnie 
Pearl, born February 3. 1882, and died October 12, 1887 ; Cathe- 
rine Elizabeth, born November 17, 1884. was married January 
12, 1905, to Willard Burrows and had one child, Thelma Mae, 
born ^larch 31, 1909, and died six days afterward. 

William, the youngest child of S. B. and M. C. Storer, was 
born July 4, 1859, and died December 30, 1898. 

Isaiah Storer was a soldier in the Civil War, enlisting De- 
cember 3, 1863, in Company K, 9th Regiment, Indiana Volun- 
teers ; sick at Atlanta. Ga., and brought for recovery to Camp 
Dennison, Ohio. Returned to service, and was mustered out 
at close of the war, June 8, 1865. 

VIII. HuLDAH was born near New Lexington, Ohio. June 
3, 1823, and died at Connersville. Ind., April 26. -i^Si^T in her 
eighty-third year. She was married September 21, 1847. to 


Benjamin Johnson Wainwright, who was born January 23, 1824, 
at Jamestown, Va., and died October 9, 1898. at Black Rock, 
Ark. They had seven children, the first a daughter, born and 
died August 13, 1848. Mary Anice was born November 11, 
1849, and married March 17. 1865, to Dr. T. P. Wagoner of 
Knightstown, Ind., where she died Alarch 1, 1900, leaving no 
children. William Warren was born June 1, 1854, and married 
June 2, 1876. at Milton, Ind.. to Wilhelmina C. Baker, who was 
born at Crefield, Germany, and was eldest daughter of Leopold 
and Wilhelmina Baker, who located in Milton in 1864. They 
have six children, — Harry Archibald, born February 24, 1877, 
married May 11, 1907, to Emma K. Frank of Connersville, Ind., 
and has Francis Jack, born January 29. 1908. at Oak Park, 111., 
and William Nelson, born September 29. 1910, at Connersville, 
Ind.; Mabel Claire, born January 10. 1879; Charles Franklin, 
born January 16. 1881; Emmet Perry, born April 26. 1886; 
Bennie Frederick, born June 6, 1888 ; William Warren. Jr., born 
May 29, 1890. Margaret Susanna was born August 3, 1859, 
and died February 7, 1863. Ida Belle was born September 24, 
1862, and died June 14, 1863. Charles Franklin was born July 
11, 1864, and died October 10, 1865. These last three are all 
buried at Columbus City, Iowa. Orell Louella was born No- 
vember 3, 1866, and married January 23, 1886, to John Todd. 
Their children are John Jr., born January 6, 1887, and Clarence, 
born June 28, 1888. Their home is in Logansport, Ind. 

IX. Susan Axn was born June 14, 1829, near New Lex- 
ington, Ohio, and died at Liberty. Ind.. September 25, 1853. 
She never married. 

Many of the New Jersey Denmans migrated westward at an 
early day, but the Miller family was the only whole family 
who did so; father, mother, and the seven children who were 
born before 1818. They left Westfield early in September of 
that year, in company with parts of two other families and 
t-wo young men. and proceeded in wagons as far as Pittsburg, 
occupying about a week on the journey. 

There a flatboat was purchased and loaded with the several 
outfits. The horses and one wagon were taken overland to 


Cincinnati by one of the young men, and the other wagons 
were taken apart and put on board, to be put in use again 
at the end of the river journey. The inexperienced emigrants 
found the river so low that much inconvenience befell them ; 
and five weeks passed before they arrived at the goal on No- 
vember 13. They wrote to friends "back in Jersey" not to 
try it at that time of the year. The compensations can best be 
told from their letters. 

A young girl writes of the early part of the course: "I saw 
more than I ever saw before. When we came to the moun- 
tains, how I wished you were there ! We found so many chest- 
nuts ; and you never saw so many winter grapes in your life. 
I, and all the women would walk, and the young men would 
club off the chestnuts and pull down the grape vines, and we 
could sit down and rest till the wagon came up." They doubt- 
less took short cuts, while the heavy wagons kept to the best 

A twelve-year-old boy said of a heavy wind storm on the 
river: "It nearly overset the boat, and it did upset the dinner 
pot," doubtless over the fire. 

One mother said: "We could knit and sew on the boat as 
well as in a room ; and wash and iron. I had to bake all our 
bread. W^e could go ashore and buy flour at 20 shillings or 
$3.00 a hundred, the best of beef for five cents a pound, and 
good butter at 16 cents a pound. If you could see the corn on 
the banks of the Ohio you would think there never need be want." 
After arriving at Cincinnati and going to spend a little time 
with a friend who had settled a few miles back from the river 
some years earlier, the same hand writes : "He lives in a good 
large house, has three cribs full of corn, and three or four 
barrels of flour in this upper room where I am now sitting. He 
has eight children, two or three barrels of dried peaches, four 
fine cows, twenty sheep, and everything in plenty." 

Following these comical details is the more general remark : 
"I can safely say I am content. It is better than I expected. You 
can never believe till you corne and see." Shortly afterward, at 
another house of an earlier immigrant, a wedding occurred which 













is thus described by the same young girl: "It was a very pretty, 
sight, so many on horseback, about fifty in all. The girls were 
all dressed in white or silk. . . . It is very easy to provide 
for a wedding here, with plenty of wheat flour and sugar, and 
butter and cheese and eggs, and chickens and everything else." 
It seems worth while to preserve these glimpses of life nearly 
a century ago. So, also, as to the evidence that New Jersey's 
poorer soil, not yet recovered from the impoverishment incident 
to the Revolutionary War, prepared emigrants for surprises in 
the rich new regions of the Ohio and Miami Valleys. 


Philip Dexmax was born in 1704. at Newtown on Long 
Island, as were all the children of John Denman and ^Nlary Gano. 
and died at Springfield, N. J., in 1780. He married Sarah, 
daughter of John Crane and Esther Williams, and had a family 
of two daughters, — Mary and Abigail, and six sons, — Joseph, 
Jacob, William, Philip, :\Iathias and Samuel. Marx married 
Daniel Pierson and had a daughter, Abigail Mary, who married 
a Scotchman named William Drennan, and had a daughter Mary, 
born in 1814, who married Lowell Fletcher of Boston, and had 
nine children. This whole family moved to Cincinnati, where Mr. 
Drennan died in. 1832, and where there are some of their descen- 
dants still living. The other daughter, Abigjjil, married Xehe- 
miah Woodruff in 1769. We have no further record of her. The 
eldest son, Joseph, born in 1735, was married first to his cousin, 
Catherine Townley. the daughter of Etifingham Townley and 
Rebecca Crane, the sister of Sarah Crane, his mother. The 
Townley ancestors came from England in 1683. and were con- 
nected with Sir George Carteret. Colonial Secretary of New 
Jersey. After the death of his first wife, in 1774, Joseph was mar- 
ried in 1778 to Sarah Woodruff, the sister of his brother Philip's 
second wife, Abigail Woodruff". She died in about ten months. 
leaving no child. The third wife, a widow whose name is not on 
record, also left no family. The fourth wife, Sarah Woolley, 


sister of Col. Abram Woolley. died childless. The marriage of 
Joseph Denm.\n to his first wife. Catherine Townley. occurred 
in 1755 or 1756. when he was but twenty or twenty-one. They 
had SL family of eight children, two who soon died, and Alathias, 
born 1760. Xancy. Samuel. Joseph. Sarah and William. The 
records of some of these children are very incomplete. Mafhias 
was married in 1785 to Rhoda Elstone and had five children. 
Joseph married Sarah \\'illis in 1788. Sarah married Abram 
Miller and had three children. JVilliam, the youngest child of 
Joseph and Catherine, married Phebe Woodrufif and had seven 
children. — David, born in 1792; Joseph, in 1794; Aaron C. in 
1796; Elizabeth, in 1798; Jennie, in 1800; Luther, in 1804; Wil- 
liam Parsill, in 1806. 

Of these seven children of William Dexmax and Phebe 
Woodrufif, David, the eldest, married Rosetta Maibee ; Joseph 
married Abigail Miller, and died in 1871 ; Aaron C. was married 
in 1825 to his second cousin, Phebe. youngest daughter of Philip 
Denman and Abigail Woodrufif; Elizabeth married Benjamin 
Scudder. and died in 1874; Jennie died in infancy; Luther mar- 
ried Caroline Denman }^Ierrill and had nine daughters (see 
below) ; William Parsill married Louisa Littell. David Denman 
and Rosetta ]Maibee had a large family. Joseph Denman and 
Abigail Miller had thirteen children. Others had smaller families. 

The Nine Daughters of Luther Dexmax and Caroline D. 


They were Emeline Clark, Sarah Elizabeth. Mary Clark, Louisa 
Littell. Mathilde Scudder. Ellen Hendrickson, Anna ]\Iaria, 
Phadora Clay, and Olivia Frazee. Emeline C. was born August 
31, 1829. and died unmarried January 2, 1868. Sarah E. was 
bom November 30. 1831. and married in June, 1853, to Jacob 
Bogart, and had James Washington, and Mary Elizabeth who 
died in infancy. Captain Bogart was killed in the battle of the 
Wilderness, May 6, 1864. Mary C. was born July 29, 1833, and 
married October 2. 1853. to Thomas Grinnell Ritter of Hobo- 
ken, X. J., and had three children. — Anna Laboyteaux. born 
August 7. 1854; William Eugene, born February 26, 1857, and 


died March 8. 1861 ; and William Henry, born April 20. 1862. 
Anna L. was married three times, — first to Frank Douglas, by 
whom she had one daughter. ]vlabel Evelyn, who married Lin- 
wood E. Connaway ; then, second, to Henry C. De Hart, who was 
killed in an accident by the running away of his horse. Then, 
seven years later, she married Charles Lewis Cameron, but had 
no more children. William H. Ritter married Etta Louise Denton 
and had one son. Charles William. Louise L. was born in Jan- 
uary, 1836, and married in 1858 to Charles Orton Campfield of 
Hanover, X. J., who died in 1888. They had three children. — 
Frederick ^Melville. Ida Clark, and George Washington, who was 
born October 27, 1862. and died in 1865. Frederick ^L ,was born 

May 23, 1859. married Sarah and has two daughters ; he 

lives in Toledo, O. Ida C. was born March 8. 1861, married 
David Blair, has several children, and lives at Temperance, Mich. 
Mathildc Scuddcr was born April 16, 1839, and is unmarried. 
Ellen H. was born :\Iay 4. 1841. and died unmarried November 
10, 1875. Anna M. was born April 16. 1844. and died January 
3, 1854. Phadora C. was born September 5. 1846, married to 
James Edward White of White Plains. X. J.. December 28. 1873. 
They have one daughter. Edith Denman, who is unmarried and 
is a teacher in Orange. X. J. Olivia F. was born July 23, 1849. 
and died Alarch 22, 1854. 

Lost, and Found. 

We will return to Joseph Denman and Sarah Willis, who were 
-married in 1788. Their children were Catherine, born in 1789; 
Phebe. born in 1791 ; Isaac, born January 10. 1794. and married 
April 15, 1815. to Jane Osborne, and died at Springfield. X. J., 
February 15, 1891, at the age of ninety-seven years, one month 
and five days. — the longest lived Denman on record. He was 
■called "Patriarch Isaac" by his kindred ; and it is said of him that 
he retained all his powers up to within a year of his death, when 
he lost his sight. His wonderfully retentive memory was of 
.great value to those seeking accurate family records, and his 
beautiful countenance and cheery spirit made him always a 
-delightful companion. Aphia. the next child of Joseph Denman 


and Sarah Willis, was born in 1796 and died in 1814. John, the 
next, was born in 1798, and no record concerning him beyond the 
date of his birth is found in the old papers, although the full 
records of all the others were given in due form. He dropped 
out of sight and out of knowledge of the rest of the family. 

This single recorded fact concerning John, the date of his 
birth, has nevertheless proven the link for determining the origin 
from him of a large connection of Denmans in northern and 
western New York and Pennsylvania, who, though possessing 
considerable fullness of detail in records of later generations, 
knew nothing of their descent back of their grandfather, John. 
Of his record they knew only that he was born September 1, 
1798, that he had an older brother Isaac, and that the name of 
their father was Joseph. It is known by the New Jersey branch 
that the son who disappeared went from New Jersey to northern 
New York in early manhood, unmarried, after which no more 
was heard of him. This identical date of birth, coupled with the 
fact of the same names of father and brother, fully serves to 
demonstrate that the John of New York was the lost John of 
New Jersey. The records of his descendants show that he was 
married in Herkimer Co., N. Y., to Harriet Hoagland, who was 
born September 9, 1800. We now give the record of the thirteen 
children of John and Harriet Hoagland. 

They were,— Isaac, Sarah Ann, Louisa D., William, Charlotte, 
Jane, David Nelson, Almira. Nathan, Wiltha Catherine. Phebe 
Minerva, Rosellen, and Emma. 

Isaac was born June 9, 1822, and died at Little Falls, N. Y. 
He married Polly Snyder and had several children. The eldest, 
Jane, married and had a daughter, Grace, who married a Pickard 
and had one son. Martha married a Castor. Others were Hattie, 
Jay and Charles. Sarah Ann was born August 10, 1823. at Fort 
Plains, N. Y.. and died at Shelby, Orleans Co., N. Y. She mar- 
ried David A. Lighthall, and had seven children,— James, who 
died ; Alida, who married George Flint and lives in Syracuse ; 

Ella, is married ; Mary died ; Frank ; John, who was born 

ATarch 15, 1859. and died May 5, 1905, married Clara Coleman 
July 5, 1878, and had Florence May, born April 13, 1880, at 


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Shelby, N. Y. ; Walter, who married Lany Alter at Hersville, 
N. Y., lives at Johnstown, N. Y.. and has a daughter, now ]Mrs. 
George Cress, living at Fort Plains. X. Y. Louisa D. was born 
May 23, 1825, and died February 20, 1907, at Milford, N. Y. 
She was married October 3, 1849, to Xathan L. Chase, who died 
July 23, 1880, at Laurens. N. Y. They had Janette, born August, 
1850, and died December 2S. 1851 ; Jennie, born October 20, 1852, 
married J. M. Bennett of West Laurens, N. Y., and had Perry R., 
born December 23, 1874, who married Nellie Hoag and had a 
son, Martin. They next had Bertha E.. born August 31, 1876, 
who married F. L. Armstrong and had a daughter, ^Margaret. 
Then Stella M., born January 31, 1882; Fred M., January 27, 
1883; Carl J., August 2, 1889, and Leon L., March 13, 1892. 
Louisa D. Chase's next child. Lottie, who was born January 23, 
1859, married C. E. Osborn and had Jay L., who married Alta 
Seagar ; Lena, born date not given ; Blanch, married Alten Barr, 
and had one son ; Legrand ; and May. Then followed two sons, 
Frank J. Chase, born December 18. 1860, married iMice McLaury 
and had Alta, and John ; and William X., born March 2, 1863, 
married Florence J. Evans, and had Lyle X'^., born July 17, 1902, 
and Mayne F., born February 27, 1909. 

William, fourth child of John Denman and Harriet Hoagland. 
was born February 8, 1827. at Fort Plains, X. Y., and died in 
February, 1910, at Albany, X'. Y. He married Isabel Youngs at 
Schoharie, X^. Y., and had Othello, who lives at Syracuse ; Maria, 

who married, first, Plenty, and second, J. R. Parsons of 

Jersey City ; Maria ; Jennie ; Ada ; Flora ; William. 

Charlotte, who was born also at Fort Plains, N. Y., Decem- 
ber 3, 1829, was married at Little Falls, N. Y., April 5, 1849, to 
Walter Clark, born February 15. 1826, and had four children, — 
Justin, Justis, Lillian, and Victor W. The eldest was born June 
6, 1861, and died September 9. 1862. Justis was born June 22, 
1853, and married Harriet Randolph }vlarch 2, 1881, at Stafford, 
X. Y. They had Clyde Victor, born July 18. 1884, at Bethany, 
N. Y., married at Grand Rapids, Mich., September 5, 1907, and 
had a son born July 25, 1908; Lillian, born also at Little Falls, 
August 7, 1858, and died January 27. 1894, at Medina, X. Y. 


She married Edward Snell September 18, 1884, at East Bethany, 
and had Walter, Harvey, Nina, and Lillian, who was born April 
15, 1890, at Medina, and married Carlton Gardner March 1, 1911. 
Victor W. was born September 5, 1865, at Bethany, N. Y., and 
married Florence Reed December 18, 1888. Jane, who was born 
May 1, 1831, at Fort Plains, was married January 27, 1862, to 
James Peck, born January 16, 1827. They had Nettie, born 
November 27, 1854, at Little Falls, and married April 26, 1877, 
to Eli Empie at Balaria. N. Y. Their children were Grace ]M.. 
born Nevember 13, 1881, at Leroy, N. Y., and married to Wesley 
R. Nellie June 24, 1908; Howard Denman, born March 31. 1885, 
also at Leroy ; Wellington Henry, born December 19, 1858, at 
Richfield, N. Y.. married March 26. 1879, to Mary A. Garred at 
Alexandria, N. Y. ; second wife Bessie May Matlock of Athens, 
Tenn., on Nevember 16, 1*896. 

David Nelson, seventh child of John Denman and Harriet 
Hoagland, was born July 9, 1833, at Fort Plains, N. Y., and died 
in February, 1909. at Greensburg, Pa. He was married in Febru- 
ary, 1859, at East Springfield. N. Y., to Emma Whitman, who 
was born April 15, 1839. They had five children, — Fred B., 
Everett Nelson, Mayne Raymond. Selina Elgertha, and Bird 
Lena. Fred B., who was born April 2, 1860, was married at 
Latrobe, Pa., in 1880, to. Julia Baird, and had seven children; 
Eugene Nelson, born in 1881 at Latrobe; William, born and died 
there in 1883 ; Thomas Floyd, born in Pittsburg, in 1885 ; Emma, 
Ijorn and died there in 1888; Homer Fred, born there in 1890; 
John in 1894 ; and Charles, born and died there in 1896. Everett 
Nelson, who was born June 19. 1862, in New Jersey, married 
Mary Kuhns in September, 1885, and had Rachel Kuhns, born 
August 19, 1887, at Greensburg, Pa., and died June 11. 1907; 
David Nelson, born ]^Iay 20. 1895. and Mary Everett, born April 
13, 1902, both at Greensburg. Mayne Raymond, born April 16. 
1867, near Richfield, N. Y., was married June 19, 1901, at 
Moundsville. W. Va., to Meta Roberts, who was born September 
.2, 1876. and had Emma Adelaide, born May 25, 1902, at Wilkins- 
burg. Pa. Their home is in Scranton, Pa. Selina Elgertha. born 
November 9, 1868, near Richfield, N. Y. ; Bird Lena, born Octo- 


ber 31, 1873, at Greensburg, Pa., was married there August 6, 
1896, to J. F. Beatty, and had Gertrude Elizabeth, born June 
8, 1897, and John Frank, Jr., born November 17, 1900. 

Almira, the eighth child, was born February 14, 1835, at Fort 
Plains, N. Y., and died September 30, 1905, at Pavilion, X. Y. 
She married Samuel Stafford of Little Falls, and had one daugh- 
ter and two sons, all born there. Jennie L., born October 1. 1858, 
was married to George AI. Lent March 20, 1895 ; Leslie A., born 
June 1, 1860, married Adella Corell and has a daughter Pearl, 
born in November, 1885 ; William Burton, born May 28, 1870, 
was married to Margaret Mozier and has Bessie, born in Jan- 
uary, 1899, and Clay, in December, 1901, both at Little Falls, 
N. Y. 

Nathan was born February 12, 1837, and died in 1891. Wiltha 
Catherine was born February 12, 1838, and died Alay 20, 1877. 
She was married February 22, 1859, to Rufus Plank, who was 

bom December 25, 1835, and had one daughter and two sons, 

Orpha, born November 6, 1859, who married Charles G. Henne- 
burg December 11, 1887, and has Ethel M. C, born September 
29, 1888; Edgar M., born July 31, 1866, and died Alay 17, 1867; 
Grant, born April 8, 1868, married Lida Fuller, and has a son, 
Edgar M. Phebe Minerva, born in May, 18-I-1, at Starkville, 
N. Y., married George Snyder, and died about 1870. No further 
record. Rosellen was born September 12, 1843, at Starkville, and 
married October 21, 1869, at Mt. Vision, N. Y., to H. Wayne 
Higgins, who was born February 24, 1840, and died June 6, 
1900. They had one daughter and one son,— Isore May, who 
was born January- 7, 1871, married Eugene Jeffery December 
16, 1893, and had five children; Howard, born July 6, 1895, at 
Exeter, N. Y. ; Wesley, born February 24, 1897. and died in Feb- 
ruary, 1910, at New Berlin ; Ruth, born July 16. 1899, at Triangle ; 
Paul, born in July. 1900. at Morris. N. Y. ; and Stanley, born 
May 23, 1901, at Fly Creek; Clyde Levi was born August 24, 
1877, and married December 12. 1900. at West Exeter, to 
Edna May Johnson, who was born April 21. 1883. They have 
Harold Wayne, born February 12. 1902 ; Frank Kenilworth, bom 
June 7, 1903, and Clyde Raymond, born September 20, 1907. 


Emma, the thirteenth child, was born January 15, 1845. at 
Starkville, N. Y.. and married at Richfield to Delavan Joslyn. 
They -had a daughter and a son, — Viola ]^Iay, born January 8. 
1867, was married in 1889 to Eugene Parker, and had Josie 
Marian, born Xovember 22, 1891 ; Emma Dell, born November 12, 
1892; Edith May, August, 1894: Paul, 1896.— these four at Rich- 
field ; Lyman Jay, at Denman's Corners ; Claude Eugene at Ilvon ; 
Jay Ostrium was born July 3. 1870. at Richfield, and married 
Viola Higgins August 12. 1891. They have three daughters, all 
born at Exeter, — Doris Anita, born December 27, 1892; Myrtle 
Edna, born January 26. 1895. and Lois Julia, born November 
28, 1907. 

Jacob, the second son of Philip Denman and Sarah Crane, who 
was born in 1739 and died in 1777. was married to Haxnah 
HoEL of Westfield. N. J., May 25. 1773. and left two sons. Jacob 
and Major. The younger son. Major, was married December 21. 
1800, ^o Rhoda Connet. They had seven children, — William 
Hoel. born May 18, 1803; Elizabeth, born April 20, 1806; James 
Chandler, born June 23, 1808: Phebe A., born August 26, 1814; 
^lary D. H., born December 31, 1816; Lydia S.. born August 26, 
1819, and Ellen R.. born February 21, 1822. There is no further 
record of this family. 

Jacob, the elder son of Jacob Denman and Hannah Hoel. who 
was born ]^Iarch 31, 1774, and died in April, 1853, married 
Rebecca Townley and had eight children, — Hannah, born Decem- 
ber 25, 1802; Charles Hoel, born December 5, 1804; Israel, born 
February 28, 1807; Elizabeth, born May 22, 1809; Jane, born 
July 11, 1811; Jacob Smith, born September 27, 1814; Moses 
Townley, born December 28, 1817, and Phebe Wade, born Octo- 
ber 10, 1820. Hannah, who died June 1, 1883, was married in 
January, 1821, to Simeon W^ Middaugh, and had six children, — 
Almira, Sarah Jane, Myron, Kate, Lucy and Edgar. No dates 
of this family are at hand, but it is known that Kate and Lucy 
are the only ones who have families. Charles Hoel, who was 
born December 5, 1804, and died December 8, 1890, married 
Sophia B. Coddington and had eight children, — Jacob Israel, 


Sarah Rebecca, Mary Jane, Hannah, EHzabeth Ann. Katherine 
Phebe, John B., and Benjamin Coddington. Of these, the third, 
Mary Jane, died at the age of eighteen, and the youngest died in 
infancy. Jacob Israel, the eldest, had four children, — Charles, 
who died in infancy, Mary Jane, Claire H., and Horace. Mary 
Jane married Warren J. Xelson of West Pawlet. Vt.. and has 
three children. — John, Raymond, and Lois. Claire H. married 
Katherine Andrews of Princeton, X. J., and has Lois Margaret, 
born January 24, 1892, in Philadelphia ; Katherine 'Sia.y, born 
December 12, 1894, in Chieng ]^Iai, Siam ; and Clarice Dorothea, 
born August 24, 1899, in Chieng Rai, Siam. — the first white child 
born in that city. Horace is Dr. H. B. Denman of Pawlet, Vt., 
who has two daughters, — INlarian and Theda. Sarah Rebecca, 
eldest daughter of Charles Hoel Dexmax, married Simeon 
Wells of Pike, Wyoming Co., X'. Y., and died early in 1911. 
They had three daughters, — Mary Jane, who died in childhood ; 
Elizabeth, who married Frank Prentice of Silver Lake, X. Y., 
and has a son, Howard ; and Ida, who married Will Whipple of 
Perry, X. Y., and has four children, — Raymond. Katie, Mary 
and Roy. Of these all but the youngest are married and have. 
each, one or more children. Hannah was born September 17, 
1834, in Benton, Yates Co., X. Y., and died at the same place 
May 10, 1900. She was married July 6, 1864, to ^latthew Simp- 
son of Ithaca, X. Y.. and had two daughters. — Mina and Emma. 
Mina was born at Ithaca. Xovember 8, 1869. and married May 3, 
1905, to Willard L. Ansley. who died July 24. 1909, leaving one 
son, born June 26, 1908. Emma Simpson was born April 5, 
1871, in Varick, Seneca Co., X'. Y., and married September 27, 
1893, to Herbert Beattie of Hall, Ontario Co.. X. Y. They have 
three children, — Harold Goldsmith, born March 27, 1896; Donald 
Simpson, born June 26, 1902, and Walter Scoon, born Februarv 
17, 1907. 

Elisabeth Ann, who was born March 11, 1836, married John 
Truesdell of Benton, Yates Co.. X. Y., and had Charles D., who 
married Carrie Rector and had no children : Wallace Samuel, who 
married Adelaide Parce of Fairport, X. Y.. and has two children, 
Grace and Marion ; Minnie S., who married Frank S. Allen of 


Ballona, N. Y., and has one son, Glenn Tuesdell, who married 
Edith Haines of Geneva, N. Y. ; LilHe, who died about 1907, aged 
thirty-four, unmarried. Kathcrine Phchc married Ashley W. 
Barden of Bellona. N. Y. : has no family. John B. married 
Frances Daine, and died in 1876, leaving two sons. — Charles 
Hoel, who died unmarried in 1899, and Willie Ernest, who is liv- 
ing, unmarried, in Bellona. X. Y. Israel, the second son of Jacob 
Denman and Rebecca Townley, lived and died at Wauseon. Ohio. 
He married, and had children, the first being twins, Tryphena and 
Trv'phosa, one of whom died in infancy. The other grew up, and 
married Dr. Bennet of Wauseon, and had a family. Later chil- 
dren were Charles, who died unmarried, and Edward, of whom 
further knowledge is not at hand. Elizabeth, second daughter 
of Jacob Denman, who was born May 22, 1809, and died March 
22. 1895, married Alexander Simpson of Ithaca, N. Y., as his sec- 
ond wife, and had five children. — Charles, Eugene, Emma Re- 
becca, Clara Elizabeth, and Ada Augusta. Charles was born 
January 26, 1839, became a Presbyterian minister, preaching at 
Pike, and Sherman, X. Y., and other places. He is now living 
with his daughter, Mrs. Frank Atherton, in Honolulu, who has 
two children. His son, Dr. Clarence Simpson, lives in Detroit, 
Mich., and has one child. Eugene was born October 12, 1842, 
and was killed in battle in Maryland during the Civil War, 
September 15, 1862. Emma Rebecca was born November 6, 
1845, and died July 5, 1867. Clara Elizabeth was born August 7, 
1849, and married Frank Root, by whom she had a daughter who 
died in babyhood, and a son, Louis Denman. Ada Augusta was 
born November 21. 1852, and died February 26, 1888. 

Jane, the next daughter, who was born July 11, 1811, died un- 
married when over eighty years of age. 

Jacob Smith Denman married Wealthy Riggs of Candor. N. Y., 
and had a son. George, who lives in Hudson. Ohio, and has a 
daughter, Helen, who was married in 1900. Wealth}- Riggs Den- 
man died, and later her husband married her sister, Jerusha. by 
whom he had one son, Herbert, an artist in New York, now 
dead. Moses Tozcnley Denman married Katherine Lounsberry 
and settled on a farm near Brookton, X. Y. They had two sons, — 


Richard, and Charles Arthur. Richard married Adelaide 

and lives in Brookton. He has one son, Dr. Carl Denman, of 
Ithaca, N. Y., who has two little children. Charles Arthur mar- 
ried Ida . and settled on his father's farm near Brookton. 

He died about 1910, leaving five children, none of whom are yet 
married, — Ralph, Irving, Harold, Margaret, and Hubert. Phebe 
Wade Demnan, who was born October 10, 1820, and died when 
past eighty years of age, was married to Allen Dickinson of 
Rochester, X. Y. He was engineer on a railroad and was killed 
while on duty. They had two children, — Bradford, who married 
and settled in Dickinson county, Kansas, where his widow and 
sons still live ; and Maritta, who married Frank Bertron of 
Canisteo, N. Y. 

Williain, third son of Philip and Sarah, who was born in 1747, 
married Prudence Bedford and emigrated to Morrow Co., Ohio. 
They had a large family, and many descendants from them are 
scattered over the western states whose records are not suffi- 
ciently clear and direct to admit of transcription here. 

Philip, the fourth son, who was born in 1749 and died very 
suddenly on January 10. 1825, was married first to Sarah Brook- 
field, who died in 1771, soon after marriage, leaving no children. 
On December 5. 1781. he was married to Abigail Woodruff, who 
was born in 1760 and died in 1841. After the death of Philip in 
1825, she was married to his widowed brother Mathias in 1836. 
Abigail and her first husband, Philip, had four sons and four 
daughters, — Jacob, Isaac, Abraham, Allen, Sarah, Elizabeth, 
Mary and Phebe. Jacob married Betsy De Camp. Isaacmarried 
Elizabeth Searles. Abraham married Charlotte Remsen of Lone 
Island. Allen died unmarried. Sarah married William ^Merrill of 
Staten Island. :\Iary married John B. Clark of Ohio. Phebe, 
the youngest, born in 1802, married her second cousin, Aaron C. 
Denman, and had three children. Jacob Denman and Betsy 
De Camp went to Ohio, and had children whose names are not 
on record. Isaac Denman and Elizabeth Searles had two chil- 
dren, Margaret and Philip. Abraham Denman and Charlotte had 
two children, Cornelius Ludlow, and Matilda Remsen. Cornelius 
L. married Caroline Dye, and had two daughters, — Charlotte and 


Lillian. Matilda R. was married three times, first to John N. - 
Scudder, by whom she had two children. — Charlotte and Ben- 
jamin N. Her second husband was Benjamin F. Heaton, by 
whom she had two sons, — Denman. and Eugene, both of whom 
died in infancy. She afterward married Dr. Stuart Craig Marsh, 
of Rahway. X. J., having no other children. She died in Xewark, 
N. J., October 28, 1911, at the age of ninety-one years, one month 
and eight days. Sarah Denman and William Merrill had two 
children, — Josiah Denman, who was drowned in the Hudson 
River when twelve years old. and Caroline Denman. who married 
her second cousin, Luther Denman. Elizabeth Denman and 
William Frazee had three sons and five daughters, — George, 
Philander, Augustus. Julia, Elizabeth, Abby Jane, Olivia, and 
Augusta, most of whom married and had families. Mary Den- 
man and John B. Clark had a considerable family, some of whom 
married and had children. 

Mathias, the fifth son of Philip Denman and Sarah Crane, was 
born February 13, 1751, on the homestead established by his 
father at Springfield, X. J., after leaving Long Island in 1717. 
Though retaining this as his home through life. Mathias was 
fond of pioneering in new territory, and made repeated trips to 
southern Ohio. Having been a Revolutionary soldier, he received 
from the L'. S. Government it. 1788 a patent for 747 acres of mili- 
tary lands situated in what is now Hamilton county, Ohio. He 
sold two-thirds of this grant for twenty pounds, or about one 
hundred dollars ; and he and his two partners, the purchasers, one 
of whom was Israel Burnet, laid out a village which they callfed 
LosantiviUc. This name was a combination of Greek. Latin and 
French terms, and signified "The town opposite the mouth ;" 
that is. the mouth of the Licking River. We can imagine the sit- 
uation ; new country, with only .its natural features to suggest a 
name for the new town. The place soon same into notice, and in 
1790 the Territorial Governor changed the name to Cincinnati. 

Besides this first grant of military land made in 1788, upon 
which Cincinnati was founded. [Mathias Denman received in 1800 
several other grants, each of 4000 acres, most of which he located 
in Delaware, Coshocton and Licking counties, Ohio. Many of 


his numerous descendants afterward made homes at different 
points on these lands. This pioneer Denman was married in his 
twentieth year, on September 15, 1770, to Phebe, the eldest daugh- 
ter of Capt. Enos Baldwin and Phebe Williams, then in her 
eighteenth year. He died at his home at Spring-field, X. J., Jan- 
uary 24, 1841, when but a few days under ninety years of age. 
She died there in 1833. aged eighty-one. After her death he was 
married, in 1836, to Abigail Woodruff Denman, widow of his 
older brother Philip, she being seventy-five years of age and he 
eighty-five. She survived him only a few years, dying September 
15, 1841. The large family of Mathias will be given below. 

Samuel, the youngest son of Philip Denman and Sarah Crane, 
was born in 1753 and died in l/82. He married Elizabeth Ackan. 
They had no children. ' 

Mathias and Phebe Dexmax had a family of twelve children, 
all born at the old home in Springfield, N. J.: — Sarah,*'Samuel,'*^ 
Jacob, Aaron, Davidf Phebe. Eliza, Jacob, Mary Williams, Char- 
lotte, Matthias Baldwin, and William Parsill. Sarah was born 
Februarv- 5. 1772, and died January 9, 1835. She married William 
Parsill. Had no children. Sainncl was born July 2, 1774, and 
married on December 10. 1801, to Anna Maria Hampton. He 
died September 8, 1816. leaving one son, Samuel, who was born 
in Philadelphia March 10, 1806, and died at Lawrence, Kansas, 
July 5, 1871. He was married in 1826 to Susan Boyle, at Lancas- 
ter, O. Their children were Anna Maria, Hampton Boyle, Mathias 
Baldwin, Eleanor, Thomas Ewing, Mary, and Susan Rose. Samuel 
was married a second time, but had no other children. The 
records of this family are interrupted at this point, by reason of 
loss by fire of the property of one of the descendants, and with 
it a collection of genealogical material. From other sources parts 
of the earlier records have been collected, to which the latter are 
appended. The incomplete character of these parts of records 
forbids any attempt at filling out full lines ; but it is certain that 
those whose names will follow are descendants of Samuel, the 
grandson of Mathias Denman. 

David Denman, who was born in Xew Jersey, migrated to 
Jassemine Co., Ky., where he married Polly Arnold and had sons, 


Aaron, James and Hampton. Aaron lived a bachelor and made 
his home with James. In May, 1828, they all moved to Decatur 
Co., Ind. James, who had married Patsy Davis in Kentucky in 
1826, had six sons and three daughters, — Jonathan B., who had a 
son, William O. D. ; Martha A., who married William John- 
son of Greensburg, Ind. ; William Josiah, who married ]vlary J. 
Burch in 1856, and had six sons and one daughter ; Hampton, who 
lived, later, in Leavenworth, Kansas ; Mary J., who married P. W. 
Harding, and died in 1885 in Mexico, Mo. ; George, died in 1863, 
leaving a son, George, at Des Moines, la. ; Frank, now deceased, 
leaving two sons in Toledo, Ohio, — Ira C. and George M., both 
noted medical specialists ; Sarah, who married James Kirby, of 
Robertson, Ills., and Joshua, who died in 1863-, leaving a son, 
William, at Greenup. Ills. 

The children of William Josiah Denman and Mary J. Burch 
were, — William C. of Xicholasville. Ky. ; Edward E., San Fran- 
cisco, Cal. ; George B., Atlanta, Ga., who died September 21. 
1911; James E., Louisville, Ky. ; Charles Francis. Xicholasville; 
Robert M., Wichita, Kan. ; and Minnie S., who married ' ' ■ 
Young, and lives in Lexington, Ky. 

Jacob was born March 11, 1777, and died in less than one 

Aaron was born Octobe/ 9, 1778, and died February 15, 1855, 
at Quincy, Ills. He was married in 1799 to Eliza Mulford, by 
whom he had three children, — Anna Maria, born in 1800. who 
married William Chaloner and had four children ; Phebe Smith. 
born in 1802. who married Francis Worley and left five chil- 
dren ; and Mathais Baldwin, born in 1804, who married Sarah 
Atwater, and died in August, 1876, leaving no children. 

David was born September 3, 1781, and died June 2, 1846. He 
was married April 13. 1805, to Mary, daughter of Elijah and 
Phebe Lyon, and had a family of ten children, all born in Spring- 
field, N. J. In 1834, when the youngest child was nine years old, 
he migrated to Ohio and settled upon a large farm in Coshocton 
county, which was a portion of one of the L'. S. land grants to 
his father, Mathias Denman. (This large family will be given 


Phebe. the second daughter of Mathias Denman, married 
Oliver Wade of Xew Jersey. They had eight children, nearly 
all of whose numerous families remained in New Jersey. Elica, 
the next daughter, was married, in 1806, to Abram Roll Woolley, 
of the U. S. Army. They had nine children, several of whom 
'died early, and only two of whom had families. These two were 
Henry Baldwin Woolley, who left three daughters ; and Charles 
Woodruff W^oolley, who was born at Council Blufifs, la., in 
1823, entered the U. S. navy as ^Midshipman in 1841, and re- 
signed as Past r^lidshipman in 1855, having done service in the 
Mexican War. He married Catawba Sandford, of Covington, 
Ky., in 1848 : settled in Buffalo, N. Y., in 1880. where his wife 
died in 1883, and where he survived her until April 5, 1907. 
They had six children, all born during his military life. William 
W. was born in 1849. in Washington, D. C, and died in 1906. 
He married Hattie E. Bradford, and had a daughter, Edith S., 
who died in 1907, and a son, Herbert L. Sue Dana was born 
January 4, 1851, at Fort Ripley, Minnesota Territory; lives in 
Buft'alo. Charles Woodruff, Jr., was born in Memphis, Tenn., 
May 28, 1854; lives in Buffalo. Dana Sandford was born at St. 
Paul, Minn., May 8, 1857 ; married June 23, 1886, to Clarissa 
Eliza Battey, daughter of Julia Handel and Charles Battey, of 
Providence, R. I. They have two sons, — Sandford Battey, bom 
April 28, 1887, and Lawrence Denman, born March 31, 1890. 
Kate Sandford was born at St. Paul, Minn., October 12, 1860, 
and married November 2, 1890, to William Prendergast Bemus. 
Their children are, — Denman Woolley, born March 28, 1894. and 
Marion Barnes, born February 17, 1898. Mrsj Bemus died 
June 4, 1911, in Los Angeles, Cal. 

Jacob A., sixth son of Mathias and Phebe, was born September 
23, 1789, and died February 23, 1790. His twin sister, Mary 
Williams, was twice married : first, in 1810, to Joseph Tenbrook, 
of Springfield. He died in 1817. In 1822 she married Charles 
Atwater, of Xew Haven, Conn., where she died March 21, 1877, 
in her eighty-first year. She had no children by either mar- 
riage. Charlotte, tenth child of Mathias and Phebe, was born 
February 14, 1792, and died January 25, 1857. She married 


Rodney Wilbur, who died in 1871. They had nine children. 

Mathias Baldicin and \Villiani Parsill. twin sons, the youngest 

of the family, were born October 28. 1796. Mathias died June 
13, 1797, and his brother July 17. 1797. 

David Dexmax and ^NIary Lvox had ten children, — Aaron D., 
Phebe Williams. Emma. Mary Tenbrook, Rodney Wilbur, 
Samuel. Charlotte Wilbur. Anna ]\laria. John Martin and Louisa. 

Aaron D., who was born April 19. 1806. and died August 14, 
1881, was married November 16. 1828. to Eliza Ann, daughter of 
Moses and Lydia Coudit of Orange. N. J., and had three chil- 
dren, — David Francis. George and ]\Iathias. The two younger 
sons died early. George, who was born December 14, 1832. died 
March 7, 1837; and ^Mathias. September 2. 1843. died March 16, 
1863. David Francis, born April 5. 1830. and died April 12. 
1904, was married October 15. 1855. to ^latilda Ward Whiting, 
born May 24, 1835. w^ho was a lineal descendant of William 
Bradford, the second governor of Plymouth Colony, and by an 
intermarriage between the Bradfords and the Aldens, also lineally 
descended from John Alden and Priscilla ^Nlullins of the May- 
flower. To this couple were born six children, — Clara Belle. 
Alfred Whiting. Alida May, Emma Louisa. Herbert, and ]^Iathias 
Whiting. Clara Belle was born July 14, 1857, and married July 
26, 1882, to Edwin Joseph Olney, a lineal descendant of Thomas 
Olney who, born in England in 1600. came to Boston in 1635, 
and the next year joined with Roger Williams in the purchase of 
Providence Plantation. Rhode Island, and was afterwards pastor 
of what was probably the first Baptist church in America. Edwin 
J. Olney and Clara Belle Denman had four children. — Anna B., 
married in 1907 to Rev. J. M. Pengelly, a Baptist minister of 
Toulon, Ills. ; Dorothea, who is a teacher in the Coshocton. O.. 
public schools ; Eleanor, assistant librarian in the Coshocton 
Public Library : Francis Denman. a student in Dennison Univer- 
sity, Granville, O. The Pengellys have two daughters. — Eleanor 
Dorothea and Marguerite. 

The next three children of David F. and [Matilda W. Denman. — 
Alfrerl W.. Alida M. and Emma L., all died in infancy. The 


fifth child, Herbert, born September 4, 1864, was married August 
3, 1895, to Olive Temple, and has two sons, — Francis Temple, and 
Donald. The youngest child, Mathias W., born January 24, 1870, 
was married November 8, 1899, to Frances Prendergast, and has 
one son, David. David Francis Denman's war record is of inter- 
est. He was mustered into service May 13, 1864, as First Lieu- 
tenant, Company E, 143d Regiment, Ohio Vokmteer Infantry, 
and- served four months. He was in General Butler's Depart- 
ment ; was in hospital at Fortress Monroe with malarial fever, 
resulting from the nature of the work which several companies 
of that regiment were called to perform. — building pontoon and 
other bridges in swampy places and across the rivers which the 
Division had to cross in their various movements during the sum- 
mer. Of some companies more men died by fever than by bul- 
lets. They first did garrison duty on the fortifications around 
Washington, but were soon called out to rougher and more dan- 
gerous work. Some of their time was spent on the Appomattox 
near General Butler's headquarters. Denman frequently saw 
the General, and also General Grant, and he tells of the striking 
contrast between the two men : Butler, a large man in full uni- 
form, wath more than the regulation amount of ornament, always 
with his sword grazing the ground when on foot ; Grant, below 
middle height, usually in a private's blouse, with no marks of his 
rank, and always without a sword. Lieut. Denman was called 
to serve as captain for some time while his superior officer lay 
in hospital with the fever. 

Phehe irHliains, second child of David Denman and 3*1 ary 
Lyon, was born December 20, 1807, and died December 18. 1873. 
She married Arnold Metlbury June 16. 1836. The evidently 
incomplete record of their family is as follows : Marcia. born 
March 15. 1837, was married in 1865 to Samuel Denman, who 
died leaving no children. She was married January 29, 1900, to 
Joseph W. Dwyer of Raton, Xew Mexico, who died March 25, 
1901. She died December 16, 1908. Edzciii, born July 14, 1839, 
died June 15, 1859. Caroline, born November 21, 1842. was 
married October 5, 1871, to Velasco J. Knapp, who was born June 
5, 1842, at Somerset, \'t. They had three children, — May, born 


August 1, 1872, and died in 1879; Edwin, born September 4, 1874; 
and Flora ]\Iarcia, born October 2, 1879. Mary, born April 23, 
1847, married S. L. Hoover. She had a daughter Christobel, born 
in 1883, who married James Durfee in 1906, and has a son, 
James, Jr., born April 13, 1912. Emma, the third child of David 
and Mary, was born January 21, 1810. She married John F. 
Titus, by whom she had two daughters, — Mary Louise and Emma. 
She was twice married afterward, but had no more children. 
Mary Ten Brook, the fourth child, was born December 16, 1811, 
and died October 14, 1813. Rodney Wilbur, the next, was born 
February 11, 1814, and died in San Francisco June 26, 1884. He 
married Marie Therese Taylor. March 12, 1834, and had nine 
children, — Hannibal, born August 18, 1835, died March 1, 1844; 
James M., born June 20. 1837, died October 23, 1838; Elmira 
Augusta, born February 3. 1839, died February 21, 1844; James 
Arthur, born June 3, 1841, died October 8, 1852; David x\Ibert, 
born February 23, 1843. married January 15, 1868, to Amanda 
Ann Johnson, and had four children. — Carlos Denman, Richard 
M., Anna Balle. and Roy Wilbur : Theodore Frelinghuysen, born 
October 9, 1844, married Emily H. Taylor, and has one son, 
Eugene Abadie ; Sarah Isabella, born January 31, 1848. died July 
5, 1857 ; Olive Theresa, born Nfovember 25, 1849, died November 
15, 1850; and Eugene Weber, born November 21, 1855, married 
February 27, 1881, to Lucinda D. Wilcox and had a daughter. 
Olive Marcia, born July 19, 1884. 

Samuel, sixth child of David and Mary Denman, was born 
June 14, 1816. and died November 27, 1859. He married CaroHne 
Stuart, who was born May 6, 1826. Their children were Mary 
Stuart and Carlos Lyon. Mary Stuart was born ]vlay 17, 1852, 
married September 27, 1876. to Joseph W. Maxwell, and had 
three children, — William Keeper, born October 27, 1877; Edith, 
born January 6, 1883 ; and Stuart Denman, born January 8, 1885. 
Carlos Lyon Denman was born April 9. 1854, and married Mary 
E. Hershman and had three children, — Mary Edith, born April 
23. 1884, and died in Asheville, N. C, March 28, 1910 ; buried in 
the old Denman Cemetery near Coshocton. O.. where are buried 
her great-grand-parents, her grand-parents, and numerous other 


relatives; Charles Hershman, born August 20, 1888; and Helen, 
born September 20. 1891. 

Charlotte IVilbcr, seventh child of David and Alary Denman, 
was born August 15. 1818. and married in her twentieth year to 
Alonzo Ransom. They had four children, — Anna !Maria, Mary 
Lucretia, Weltha Louise, and Charles Edwin. Anna M. was born 
July 13, 1838, and married Ezra H. Lynde. They had one son, 
William Ransom, born November 12. 1856, who was married June 
21. 1882, to Harriet Amelia Beall. and has William Beall. born 
September 17. 1886; and Eugene Horton, born July 19. 1891. 
Mary L. was born August 27. 1840. and married June 7. 1860. to 
Orlando Farquhar. Their son. Harry Denman. was born in 1866. 
Weltha L. was born April 18, 1853. and married January 5. 1876, 
to John Jackson Rose. Their daughter. Charlotte Ransom, born 
October 13, 1876. was married June 24. 1901, to Carl Herbig. and 
had Gordon Ranne. born !\lay 1, 1902; Alargaret W^eltha, born 
September 20. 1904; and Carl Henry, born October 13. 1907. 
Charles Edwin Ransom was born June 3. 1856, and married 
November 15. 1882, to Elsie Smith. They had Harry Smith, bom 
June 4, 1885. and married October 12, 1908, to Marie Armstrong, 
who have Betty Jane. lx)rn in November, 1911; and Charles 
Edwin, Jr., born March 24. 1887, and married April 24, 1909, to 
Agnes Hanlon. 

Anna Maria, eighth child of David and Mary Denman, was 
born August 12. 1820, and died October 24, 1862. She was mar- 
ried at Zanesville, O., May 8. 1846. to Rev. John D. Rich. They 
had two children. — !\Iary Alma, and Denman Whitefield. Alary 
Alma was born June 6, 1847. at Roscoe, O., and married Septem- 
ber 25, 1867, at Minneapolis, Minn., to Charles Wesley Johnson. 
.Their children were Alma N'orton. born June 30, 1868, and 
Charles Louis, born October 7, 1870. 

John Martin, the ninth child of David and Mar\' Denman. was 
born October 12. 1823. and died January 15, 1882. He was mar- 
ried April 29. 1847. to Elvira Stuart, and had five children ; three 
of the.n died young. Ella M.. born October 25, 1853. married, 
June 5, 1872. John Hack ; and Carlos Leslie, born August 4. 1861. 


Marx Louise, youngest of the ten children, who was born 
December 3. 1825, was twice married, first to Joseph Addison 
llHiite, and then to Arthur Field, and left no family. 


Thomas Dexman was born in 1706 or 1707, and died in 1793. 
He married a daughter of David ^^lulford. and had five sons and 
five daughters. Of the daughters there is but partial account 
given, one having no record. Catherine married a Whitehead, 
Elizabeth a Gould. Mary a Day. and had one son named Moses. 
Another married a ^^lulford and had one daughter, Mary. The' 
five sons were John, Isaac, Jacob, Thomas, and Stephen. John, 

who was born in 1739 and died in 1823, married Sarah , 

name uncertain, probably Terrill. — and had ten children. — Hiram 
Terrill, Chloe or Clara, Julianna. Fannie. Xancy Terrill, Ehza- 
beth who married a Parkhurst. Prussia who married Benjamin 
Reeves in 1818, Phebe who married a Roberts. Polly who married 
Jonathan Meeker, and Charlotte who married a ^IcHanem. 
Isaac, second son of Tl^omas. was born in 1743 and died in 1791. 
He married Abby , and had one son, Elias. who died un- 
married, and one daughter, F russia Crane. Jacob, third son of 
Thomas, married Elizabeth Pike, sister of Brigadier-General Pike 
of the War of 1812. They had one daughter. Abigail, who mar- 
ried Daniel Ayers, and had seven children. — Jacob Denman, Wil- 
liam, Eliza, Phebe, Daniel. Maria and Benjamin. This family 
migrated from X'ew Jersey to ^Michigan. After the death of his 
first wife Jacob married Elizabeth Woodruff, nee Cauldwell, 
daughter of Robert Cauldwell. whose father came from Ireland 
about 1732. By her he had eight children. — Elizabeth, who mar- 
ried Stephen Muchmore and had four children ; Moses, who mar- 
ried Patty [Morehouse and had five children ; Aaron, who did un- 
married at the age of forty-five : Isaac, who went to sea as a ship 
carpenter and never returned ; Robert, who married Jane, daugh- 
ter of Luke Miller, had five children, and emigrated to Ohio; 
Hiram, who married Sally Hardy and had one son, Theodore ; 






Hetty, who married \Mlliam B. Parcel ; and Smith, who married 
Esther, daughter of Esther Baldwin and Xicholas Parcel, a Revo- 
lutionary soldier who was killed at the battle of Springfield, N. J., 
June 7, 1780. The spirit of the American army is expressed in 
the words inscribed on his tombstone in the cemetery at White 
Oak Ridge, N. J. : 

"Behold me here as you pass by, 
Who bled and died for Liberty. 
From British tyranny I now am free. 
Prepare, my friend, to follow me." 

Esther and her twin brother, Enoch, who died in childhood, 
were born in February before the battle in which their father was 
killed. She married Smith Denman in 1801 and died !March 5, 

Thomas, fourth son of Thomas 1st, married Joanna Chandler 
and had two sons, John and Oliver, and five daughters. — Phebe. 
Polly, Sarah, Joanna and Esther. John married Diademia Dean 
and had ten children. Of his brothers and sisters no record is 

Stephen, youngest son of Thomas 1st, married Sarah , 

and died in 1824. Their children were Calvin. George, Hampton, 
Charlotte, Prussia, Electa, and Abby. Prussia married John Drew, 
Abby married Benjamin Reeve, who, after her death, married her 
cousin Prussia, the daughter of her father's eldest brother, John. 

Smith Dexman. who was born August 17, 1777, and died 
March 15, 1844, was married October 21. 1801, to Esther Parcel, 
who was born February 5. 1780. and died March 5, 18G7. They 
had seven daughters and one son. 'Polly Smith, born December 
19, 1802, and died February 19. 1831, was married to Joseph C. 

Ward May 12, 1821. Patty, born May 12. 1804, died , 

married March 12, 1823. to Ira Squier. Abby, born June 11, 
1806, and died May 31. 1887, was married September 5, 1827, to 
William C Reynolds and had a daughter, Josephine, who married 
David Crowell of Hacketstown. X. J. Phebe Williams, born June 
13, 1808, and died , was married to James F. Hopping on the 




same day as the marriage of her sister Abby, September 5, 1827. 

Elisabeth, born February 5, 1811, and died -, was married May 

30, 1832, to Thomas K. Ross. Catherine Parcel, born July 2, 

1814, and died , was married October 1, 1834, to Calvin 

Sayre Dennis. Charlotte, born February 14, 1817, and died 
August 22, 1849, was married to William Pierson December 31, 
1834, and had one daughter, Jacob Smith's record will be given 
farther on. 

Family of Phebe IV. Denman and James F. Hopping, who was 
born :^Iarch 31, 1804. and died April 12, 1843. Their children,' 
who were all born at Columbia, N. J., were Theodore Anderson, 
born March 3, 1829, and died November 29, 1899; Harriet 
Lavinia, born June 20, 1832, and died August 20, 1874; Helen 
Maranda, born April 15. 1834. and died in November, 1869; Den- 
man, born December 25, 1838, and died May 8, 1895. 

Theodore Anderson Hopping was married February 14, 1855, 
to Harriet Louise Baker, who was born at Whippany, N. J., Octo- 
ber 30, 1830. and died March 25, 1898. The children of this mar- 
riage were Clara, born ]\Iarch 14, 1858, and died December 12, 
1899; Helen ^I., born October 20, 1860, and died June 4, 1880; 
Franklin Austin, born November 4, 1862, and died August 27, 
1864; Louise Baker, born January 12, 1866; Theodore, born 
November 7, 1867; Ida and Grace, twins, born February 1, 1870. 
Grace died in infancy. Dayton, born July 13, 1871, and died June 
7, 1875. This family lived at Columbia, N. J., now Florham Park. 
Theodore Hopping was married September 9, 1896, to Mary Ellis 
Blake, who was born at Scranton, Pa., December 2, 1870. Their 
children are Theodore Denman, born February 1, 1899, at San 
Rafael. Cal., and Roberta Blake, born at Santa Paula, Cal, March 
21, 1902. The family now have their home at Glendale. Cal. 
Ida, the youngest sister of Theodore, was married on September 
10, 1912, to Benjamin Taylor Van Alen, of Jersey City, New 

Elizabeth Denman and Thomas K. Ross had two sons and two 
daughers, — Libron, Serena, Isabella, and Erastus. We have no 
record of Libron. Serena died unmarried in June, 1910. Isabella, 
now deceased, was married to Gershom Rusling and had three 


daughters, Elizabeth, Miriam and LilHan : Elizabeth married 
Frank Jarvis, now dead, and had one child, who died in infancy ; 
Miriam married Dr. F. F. Demarest. of Passaic. N. J., and has 
one daughter and two sons, — Theodora, Frederick, and Cornell; 
Lillian never married. Erastus married Mary- Quayle of ^Nlorris- 
town, N. J., who still survives him. They had no children. 

Catherine Parcel Denman and Calvin S. Dennis had six chil- 
dren, — George, who died in infancy ; Alvira, Evelyn Louisa, 
Susan, James Eugene and Charlotte Augusta. Alvira married 
Matthew Waters and had five children. — George Wellington, 
Leona Evelyn, Carrie Augusta, Lulu Alvira and Wilberforce 
Newton: of these, Leona died at the age of six years; George 
and Carrie are unmarried, both residing in Chile, South Amer- 
ica; Lulu married Deward H. Van Xess of Newark, N. J., and 
has three daughters, Edith Harriet, Grace Alvira and Dorothy 
Wakeley ; Wilberforce Newton Waters married Jane Mead 
Coyte and has two sons, Ernest Wilberforce and Deward Wil- 

Evelyn Louisa Dennis died vmmarried in October, 1899. 

Susan Dennis married Alexander King of Newark, N. J., now- 
deceased. They had a son who died in infancy, and a daugter, 
Mary king, who married George C. Pyle and has one son, Cal- 
vin Dennis Pyle, born in 1889. Mrs. Susan King is now Mrs. 
William Mills, and, with her famliy, lives in Inglewood, Cal. 

James Eugene Dennis married Isabella Marsh Tronson, and 
they had three children. — Zeh., Inza lona, and Calvin Luke. 
Zeh married Flora Williams, and they had several children, of 
whom a record is not at hand. Calvin L. is also married. 

Charlotte Augusta Dennis married Horatio N. B. L'mbach. 
They have one daughter, Katherine Pauline. 

Jacob Smith Dexman, born November 16, 1821, and died 
October 20, 1897, was married February 23. 1843, to Selina 
Eleanor Lyon, who died February 15, 1857. Selina E. Lyon was 
the daughter of Wm. Henry Lyon, born in 1803, and Eleanor 
Ten Eyek, a lineal descendant of Sarah Rapaelje, the first white 
child born in New Netherlands, — whose parents were Catelyn 


Trico, a French Huguenot born in Paris. 1605. who came to 
America in 1623, and Jan Joris Rapaelje, a member of a distin- 
guished family for centuries the possessors of large estates in 
Bretagne (Brittany) and ranking high among the French nobil- 
ity. Some of these had been leaders in the old Crusades : and 
all were Protestants. In the great religious struggles of the sev- 
enteenth century they were expelled from France, as also was 
Francis Gerneaux. born in 1620. and his family, some of whom 
were afterward closely linked with members of the Denman 
family in the Colony of Xew York. 

Jan Joris Rapaelje came from Rochelle, in France, to New 
Netherlands, in 1623, and his daughter Sarah was born June 9, 

The children of Jacob Smith Denman and Selina Eleanor 
Lyon were Charlotte Irene. James Lewis, ^lary Esther, Robert 
Smith and Prairie Louise : the youngest being so named after 
the removal of the family from Xew Jersey to the prairies of 

Charlotte Irene, who was born March 16. 1844, and died 
January 3. 1870, was married January 20, 1866, to Abram Wil- 
ton Lozier, and had three children, — Abram Clement, born in 
November. 1866. and died at the age of twenty-one; Robert 
Ten Eyck. born in ^lay. 1868; and Jessie Charlotte, who was 
born January 1. 1870, and married January 15, 1896, to Harry 
S. Payne. They have a son. Robert Lozier Payne, born July 3, 
1898. All this family live in New York City. 

James Lczcis Denman was born February 6, 1846, married in 
1872 to Emma A. Phelps, and lives in Hot Springs, S. Dakota. 
Their daughter. Charlotte Lozier Lewis, was born March 10. 
,1874, and married January 20, 1910, to George A. Jones, and 
lives in Idaho. Mary Esther Denman was born January 17, 
1848. and died October 29. 1911. She was married February 22. 
1872. to Samuel Burns of Omaha. Neb., and had three chil- 
dren, — Selina ^lay, Samuel Jr.. and Robert Ten Eyck. Selina 
May was born January 17. 1873, and married February 5, 
1896, to Charles Thomas Kountze. Their children are Herman 
Burns, born October 28. 1896. and died September 21. 1900; 


Charles Denman, born October 28. 1899 ; Elinor Lyon, born 
September 16. 1900. Samuel Jr. was born April 18, 1876. and 
married to Marguerite Preston June 15. 1905. Their children 
are Barbara, born April 10. 1906. and ]\Iarjorie, born August 
11, 1910. Robert Ten Eyck was born June 18, 1882. Robert 
Smith Dctunan was born December 19, 1849. and died September 
8, 1864. Prairie Louise Denman was born July 18. 1852, and 
died August 22, 1864. She was the first white child born in 
Winona, ^linn. 

After the death of his first wife in February, 1857. Jacob 
Smith Denman was married, January 21. 1858, to Augusta 
Fletcher, who died December 30, 1888. Their children were: 
Sarah Fletcher, born November 25, 1859, who now lives in 
Omaha; Jacob SJicrman. born March 6, 1861, who went to 
Alaska, and who married Jessie Raymond in June, 1909 ; Peter 
Rollin, born September 3, 1862, and died June 8, 1863 ; Katie 
Isabel, born February 21. 1865, was married November 22. 1887, 
to Harvey Jackson Wells, who died January 16. 1894; Benjamin 
Saxton, born February 18. 1868. was married to Lillie Alexander 
in May, 1892. and lives in Whitewood. S. Dakota; their twin 
children. Ben Lewis and Lillian Esther, are the only twins in the 
family since their great-grandmother Esther and her twin brother 
Enoch, the children of the Revolutionary soldier. Nicholas Parcel 
; Cakin Kingslex was born August 14, 1870. 


Two brothers, William and John Denman. came from Sussex 
County, England, to America in 1795. They were descendants 
of the William Denman of Newhall Grange, Brampton, in Cum- 
berland, who is found on record in the latter part of the four- 
teenth century as possessing that Manor. 

William Dexmax was born at Ditchley, Sussex County, 
England, November 10, 1763, and died at Neversink, Sullivan 


Co., N. Y., December 10, 1858. He was married at Headcom, 
County Kent. England, June 24, 1790, to Ann Boorman, who 
was born at Staplehurst, County Kent, August 9, 1772, and died 
at Neversink, N. Y., June 5, 1847. They had eleven children: 
John, William, Elizabeth, Edward, Thomas, Elizabeth the second, 
Jane, Martin. Ann, Henry, and Samuel. Of these the first three 
were born at Hythe, County Kent, in England, and all the others 
in Sullivan Co., Xew York. John, who was born March 7, 1791, 
and died March 23, 1878. at Birmingham, Erie Co., Ohio, was 
married October 13, 1819, to Miranda Blackman, and had fifteen 
children, all of whom but one lived to grow up. This man's 
history, too extensive for these pages, is full of interesting inci- 
dents of life in the early days in Northern Ohio. It can be fur- 
nished to those who may wish to transcribe it on the blank pages 
of their book. IVilliain, who was born February 8, 1793. and 
died March 14, 1875, at Xeversink, N. Y., was married December 
24, 1817, to Xancy Curry, and had eleven children, all of whom 
were born in the State of Xew York. (Their record will be 
given separately.) Elicabcth, who was an infant when the 
family came to America, died in August, 1795, shortly after their 
arrival in X'ew York. Bdzcard was born August 12. 1797. mar- 
ried X^ancy Porter, and died in Ohio, May 17, 1864. Thomas 
was born April 8, 1800, and died at Birmingham, Ohio, July 28, 
1848. Elizabeth the second was born June 17, 1802, and died 
at the Neversink home ]\Iarch 18, 1869. She was married Jan- 
uary 11, 1826, to Peter C. Hall, and had seven children. Jane 
was born April 21, 1804, and died in California in 1864. She 
married Miles Wheaton and joined the Utah Mormons. Martin 
was born April 6, 1806, and died at Townsend, Huron Co., Ohio, 
in January, 1872. He married Sallie Ann Washburn. Ann was 
born August 15. 1809. and was married at the X^eversink home 
February 25. 1831, to Stephen Townsend. who was born there 
June 30, 1807. and died ^March 25. 1883. at Mayfield. De Kalb 
Co., 111. She died September 22. 1902. at Malta. De Kalb Co.. 
111., when past ninety-three years of age. — the oldest Denman on 
record except her father, who was ninety-five, and "Patriarch 
Isaac," of the Philip Denman line, who was past ninety-seven. 




Ann Denman and Stephen Townsend were the parents of 
ten children, six of whom were born in SulHvan Co., N. C, and 
four in De Kalb Co.. 111., after they had crossed the country in 
wagons, about a thousand miles, in 1840. IVilliam was born 
November 7, 1831. and died within the same month. Amos W. 
"was born September 22, 1832, and died in Sycamore, 111., xA.ugust 

25, 1887. Nancy was born April 20, 1834. She married 

West. Ellen was born March 3. 1836. She married Jack- 
son. Frances was born March 27, 1838. and died in New York. 
September 4, 1840. Louisa was born May 7, 1840. and died in 
Illinois. March 28, 1843. Kate was born August 10. 1842. She 

married Brundage. and died at Malta. 111., February 15. 

1896. Jane was born September 16, 1845. and died February 25. 
1846. IVilliam H. was born March 16. 1847. Harriet E. was 
born January 15, 1849. 

Henry, son of William Denman, was born February 28. 
1812, and died in Pennsylvania in August, 1884. He married 
Annie Wright. Samuel was born at Neversink, and died in 
Ohio in 1887. 

Family of William Denman and Nancy Curry. These 
parents liv^ed and died in the State of New York ; but most of 
their children migrated to California. They were : John, Daniel, 
Michael, Stephen, Ezekiel, James, Thomas, Anna, Elizabeth, 
Martin P.. and Cynthia Frances. 

John was born October 27. 1820, and died in March, 1864. 
Daniel was born February 3. 1822, and died in March, 1875. 
Michael was born March io. 1824. and died April 26. 1906. He 
was married April 29. 1851. to Mary A. Tyrrell, and had Wilbur 
J., born June 29, 1853 ; Wilson R.. born June 17, 1855 ; Nancy D., 
born April 17. 1857; Mary Louise, born July 24, 1858; and Sarah 
Elizabeth, born February 4, 1861. Nancy D. married Charles 
Asa Raymond of Ridgefield, Conn. Stephen was born in March, 
1826. and died May 23, 1850. in Sullivan Co., N. Y.,— killed by 
a tree falling upon him while cutting timber. Ezekiel was born 
December 2. 1827, and died in 1894. He was married in New York 
state October 5, 1855. to N. Louisa Hardenburgh, who was 
bom September 24. 1834, and died January 10, 1870. He was 


afterward married, August 15, 1877, to Isabel St. John. (His 
family will be given separately.) James was born April 15, 
1829, and died in 1909. ■ He was married in San Francisco, April 
6, 1871, to Helen V. Jordan. They had a son, William, born 
November 7, 1872, and a daughter, Mary, born August 8, 1879. 
Thomas was born April 14. 1831, and died August 18, 1869. 
Anna was born April 11, 1833. and died September 13. 1862. 
Elizabeth J. was born March 14. 1837, and died December 3, 
1874. She was married in Xew York to Solomon O. Barlow and 
had five children, whose record will be given separately. Martin 
P. was born February 2, 1839, came to California in 1864, has 
always been a farmer, and lives in Santa Cruz. He was married 
in Petaluma, September 26, 1866. to Antoinette Schofield, and 
has a daughter and two sons. — Frances E., born July 10. 1877, 

married in 1906 to Rose, lives in Berkeley ; Charles E., born 

December 12, 1878, lives with his father at Santa Cruz; and 
Robert S., born August 5, 1883, who is a teacher and also lives 
with his father. Cynthia Frances was born February 4, 1841, 
came to California in 1863, and was married December 20, 1864, 
to Samuel Cassidy, editor of the Petaluma Argus, a pioneer 
paper of Sonoma county. He died in 1903. She still lives in 
Petaluma. Their five children are : Sarah Frances, born June 
18, 1866, Librarian of Petaluma; B. Franklin, born January 
16, 1870, married to Jessie Buckles, lives at Vallejo and has a 
government position on ]^Iare Island. They have a son born 
about 1902 and a daughter born in 1904. Samuel D. Cassidy, 
born August 14, 1873, married Xellie Holland about 1904, is a 
merchant' in Petaluma, and has no children. Minnie Belle Cas- 
sidy, born May 2, 1875, is a teacher in the Oakland public schools. 

Elizabeth J. Den man and Solomon Q. Barlow had five 
children. Eva R. was born in Xew York April 17, 1861, married 
in California December 16, 1881. to Thomas Mordecai. and had a 
daughter, Fannie, who was born in July, 1885, married in 1908 
to Walter Foster, and has two sons ; and a son, William, born 
in 1888, who married Hannah Gould in 1908 and lives en the 
Barlow ranch near Petaluma. Annie D. and Fanny D., twins. 


were born July 4, 1864. Fannie was married April 14. 1884, to 
Rev. William H. Darden, and has a daughter, Rena, born Jan- 
uary, 1888,. and a son. Earl, born in 1891. Thomas E. was born 
February 2, 1867. and died in 1904. He was married in 1890 to 
Laura Miller and had six children. He engaged in farming 
and fruit growing near Petaluma. where his widow afterwards 
carried on the business successfully, and was known as "The 
Berry Queen of Sonoma County." Elizabeth L. was born Fe]> 
ruary 12, 1870, and was married in 1902 to Wilbur McNeil, a 
professor in a college in Honolulu. The mother of the Barlow- 
family died in 1874. the father in 1895. 

Ecekiel Dcnman and Louisa Hardcnburgh had six children. — 
Frank H.. Xellie L.. Ida Belle, Carrie E.. John R. and Catherine 
D. Prank H. was born August 7, 18.56. and married February 
4, 1885, to Charlotte T. Edwards. He is president of the Peta- 
luma Savings Bank, and cashier of the Sonoma County National 
Bank. Nellie L. was born September 28, 1857. Ida Belle was 
born November 18, 1859, and married June 8, 1887. to George 
P. McNear. bank president and grain dealer in Petaluma. They 
have four children. — ^Miriam, born in 1888; E. Denman, in 
1889; George P. Jr., in 1891, and Louise, in 1894. Carrie E. 
was born July 6. 1861, and married ]\Iarch 23, 1887. to James 
Edgar Allen, and lives in Petaluma. Joh)i R. was born August 
27, 1865. and married December 5. 1888. to Ella M. Parsons, and 
has a son. Charles, born in 1891, and a daugter. Nellie, born in 
1899. He is a farmer and dairyman near Petaluma. Catherine 
D. was born February 12. 1867. and is unmarried. 

Esekiel , and James were the pioneer Denmans in California, 
coming by way of Panama in 1851. They began mining in 
Calaveras county ; but the next year turned their attention to 
farming in Sonoma county. Here Ezekiel continued till 1869, 
when he engaged in banking in Petaluma ; and he was president 
of the Sonoma County Bank when he died in 1894. James Den- 
man. who was a graduate of the New York State Normal 
School, soon began his life work, of teaching, first in Petaluma. 
and then in San Francisco. His name is identified with the 
history of education in that city, and is perpetuated by the 


Denman School, and the Denman Medals for Girls. He spent his 
life there, dying in 1909. His son William is a lawyer there, 
married in 1908. His daughter, Mary, was married in 1904 to 
Major B. Franklin Cheatham of the U. S. Army, living first in 
Manila, and now in Washington. D. C. They have two sons. 

John Denman, the younger brother of William, was born in 
November, 1776, at Ditchley, Sussex county, England, and died 
August 1, 1812, at Hyde Park, Dutchess county, X. Y. He was 
married in ^March, 1803, to Elizabethe Armstrong, who was born 
July 27, 1776, and died August 7. 1859. They had three chil- 
dren: Ann, Asahel Augustus, and Jane. Ann was born March 
24, 1804, and died August 24, 1884. She married Peter Pells, 
November 2, 1831, and had four children, John Peter, Elizabeth, 
Mary, and Asahel Denman. Of these, John Peter married ]\Iary 
Louisa Schryver, March 1, 1860, and had Mary Ella, born 
December 26, 1860, and Fanny, born December 15. 1861. Eliza- 
beth, born November 23, 1833, died single, date not given. Mary, 
who was born ]\Iay 5, 1840, married Robert ]vIajor, February 23, 
1876, and has one child. Mary Elizabeth, born January 4, 1878. 
Asahel Denman Pells, who was born September 4. 1841, was 
married to Esther Baker, September 24. 1878. and has three chil- 
dren, Mary Esther, born October 23, 1879; Wilson Irving, born 
June 21, 1881, and died July 31, 1885, and Benjamin Aleaxnder,. 
born September 10, 1884. 

Asahel Augustus was born November 10, 1805. and died Jan- 
uary 16, 1866. He was married June 6, 1832. to Ann Secor 
Peck, who was born October 16, 1810, and died November 11, 
1861. They had seven sons and four daughters: Richard Nelson, 
Augustus Nathan, Sarah Elizabeth, born 1837 and died 1838, 
William Miller, John Frederick, born and died 1842. Anna Maria, 
Mary Frances. Asahel Augustus. Jr., Frances Henry, Caroline 
Peck, Arthur Rice. Richard Nelson, born March 10, 1833, was 
twice married, first on June 13, 1861. to ]\Iary Emily Bishop, who 
was born June 13. 1839. and died April 22, 1862. He was mar- 
ried May 17, 1876, to Emilie Anna Myers, who was born Decem- 
ber 10, 1834. and died January 13, 1908. No children by either 


marriage. Augustus Nathan, who was born November 13, 1834. 
and died March 11, 1906, was married October 20. 1857, to Mary 
Abigail Holmes, who was born March 10, 1837. and died August 
29, 1906. They had three children: Asahel Holmes, born Novem- 
ber 29, 1859, unmarried ; Charles Sing, born March 20, 1862, 
married in June, 1888. to Anna Simmons and had Mary, born 
February 5, 1890, and Milton Simmons, born September 1, 1891 ; 
Frederick Lockwood, born September 2. 1863. married in June, 
1887, to Fanny Savage, and had Craig, born Alarch 14, 1888; 
Edith, born October 8. 1890; Grace, born December 2, 1891, and 
Augustus Nathan, date not given. 

William Miller, born January 27 , 1839, and died November 24, 
1899, was married November 5, 1863, to Jennie A. Fleming, who 
was born April 12, 1839. They had one child, Frederick Henry, 
who was born June 21. 1866. and married June 19, 1895, to 
Catherine W[ Cory and has Ruth, born x\ugust 2, 1896, and 
William Miller, born May 6, 1901. 

Anna ^faria was born April 24, 1843, in still unmarried and 
lives in Dallas, Texas, with her next younger sister. Mary 
Frances. Mary Frances was born April 15, 1846, and married 
October 19, 1869, to Richard Velie Tompkins. They had chil- 
dren, — George Richard, born July, 1872, and died in 1874; 
Arthur Denman, born July 18. 1875. married Mary Brown, and 
has two daughters, Mary Pierce and V^alerie ; Richard Velie, Jr.. 
born October 30, 1876, married Ethel Diamond, no issue ; Bessie 
D., born July 20, 1877, married Claude Stevenson, February J19, 
1907, and has Ruby Mary, born October 6, 1909 ; Mary Frankie, 
born September 24, 1879. unmarried. Asa Asahel Augustus, Jr., 
was born December 3. 1848, and died October 1, 1896, unmar- 
ried. Francis Henry, born January 6, 1851, was married Febru- 
ary 16, 1893, to Helen Campbell, who was born December 22 
1863. Their children are Richard Tompkins, born August 8 
1895. and Archa Campbell, born May 23, 1900. Caroline Peck 
born December 3, 1852, is unmarried and lives in Newark, N. J. 
with her brother, Arthur Rice Denman, who was born February 
19, 1856, and is also unmarried. 


Jane Denman, born June 1, 1807, and died December 25, 1880, 
was married to Henry Clinton Lyon. May 8. 1827. Their children 
were Aaron Augustus Lyon, born and died in 1828 ; John Robert, 
born January 30. 1829, died unmarried, date not given; Adelaide 
Elizabeth, born December 17. 1830, died in February. 1875, was 
married to De Grove Lattin. December 2Z. 1849. and had three 
children, — \\'illiam H., born June 24, 1851, who married Alice 
Miller; Daniel B., born July 3. 1853, and married :\Iary ^lorse: 
and Jane, who was born June 1. 1854, married William Wood 
and had children. — William, born December, 1877, and Philip, 
born December, 1879; was again married to Francis Rockwell 
and had children. Julia Ann Lyon was born Octot)er 19, 1831, 
and died April 20, 1853, unmarried. Horatio, born February 17, 
1833, died unmarried IMarch 21, 1891. Sheridan A., born Novem- 
ber 9. 1834, died in April, 1851. Asabel Denman Lyon was born 
August 12, 1838, died time not given; was married Februarv 22, 
1860. to Sarah Lawless. Their children were John Henry, born 
June 8, 1862, and died April 26. 1864; Asabel Denman. Jr., born 
September 9. 1864, was married September 3, 1885, to Sarah 
Shaw and had Sarah Pauline, born June 29, 1886, and died Feb- 
ruary 11, 1893. George ^^I. Lyon, born January 14, 1867, married 
February 22, 1893. to Elizabeth Catherine Faust, and has Pauline 
Eugenia, born June 9, 1894. Henry William Lyon, born August 
29, 1840. married Rosalie Smith, July 7, 1866, and has three 
daughters, Dora, Sarah Jane and Grace. 



On page 12 the statement is made that John, the eldest son of 
John Denman and iNlary Williams, married Patience Yoemans, 
who died in 1754, aged twenty-eight years, leaving no record 
of any children ; and that no further record was found of John 
himself. On page 16 it is stated that of Daniel, the third of the 
four sons of John Denman and Mary Williams, no record what- 
ever was found except the fact of his existence. The details 
there given as gleaned from old letters and from baptismal rec- 
ords, lead to some definite conclusions. Daniel, as well as John, 
was married while yet in New Jersey, as a son of his was baptized 
there in 1770. Since, on a later day, three of the four brothers 
had children baptized, it follows that one or both of these two 
men was then a man of family. The child named John, baptized 
on ]\Iarch 8, 1776, was evidently the child of a father by this 
time absent, from the fact that the grandfather stood' as god- 
father. Since Patience Yeomans died in 1754. aged twenty- 
eight, it follows that she was born in 1726. It is fair to infer 
that her husband, John, was born as early as 1725, being the 
eldest of four brothers whose birth dates are unknown except 
that of Christopher, the youngest, in 1741. Two sisters, Mary and 
Jennie, had place somewhere among the older children. 

Turning to the records now collected from different points in 
the south, we find the earliest location mentioned in them is 
Franklin county, in northeastern Georgia. The earliest date given 
is the birth of a John Denman, in Georgia, on August 8, 1781, 
whose father and grandfather, we are told, had also been named 
John, and were born in Georgia. These two generations would 
easily fill the gap backward to the John of New Jersey, born 
about 1725. Of that period we have no account, and it is not 
by means of any actual record that we are able to assume the 
identity of the line with that which disappeared from Xew Jersey ; 
hut it is by means of incidental facts, chief of which is the re- 


appearance of the same family names. The best proof we have 
is that John Denman named his eldest son Christopher, a name 
found nowhere else than in this line, among all the many Denmans. 

The John Dexmax who was born in 1781 married ]\Iartha 
Hooper, in Georgia, and migrated to Yalabusha county, Missis- 
sippi, where she died in 1837, and he in 1863. They had a family 
of fifteen children, three of whom died in infancy. Those who 
grew up were Christopher, ^Mathew, William, John, Richard, 
Daniel, Eugene, Elvira, Alary, Susan, Louisa and Amanda. The 
records of the families of some of these are more or less in- 
complete and have come from widely scattered sources ; and a 
few were lost by the burning of a family Bible during the Civil 
War. Of CJiristoplicr, the eldest, it is only known that he 
three children. — John. Ephraim. and Cynthia Ann. Mathciv's 
children were.— Livonia, who married A. B. Walker and lives at 
Flint, Tex., Aloses Brooks, Joshua Word, and Parks, who died 
in infancy. John, who was born in 1811, had ?vIonrie. now liv- 
ing at Shawnee Okla., Arminda. Arland, who was born in 1850 
and now lives at Flint, Tex., and A. !\Iathew. who lives at Pres- 
cott. Ark. Richard's children were, A'inson, Lafayette. Lavinia, 
Louis, and Thomas, who now lives at Charleston. Aliss. Of 
Daniel's children the only name known is Martha. Elvira, who 
was born about 1828. married Andrew Sullivan. Their children 
were, — Malvina. who married }ilark Holland. Ann Eunice, Bettie. 
who married James Weeks and is now a widow without children, 
Huella, and John. Elvira is still living, making her home with 
Airs. Weeks at Arkadelphia. Ark. Susan married Newton Blunt ; 
no record of children. Mary married Mr. Forbus, who was killed 
iathe Mexican War*. Xo children. 

Of the several children of John Denman of 1781, we have 
our fullest records concerning the second son, Mathczv, who was 
born in Georgia about 1801 and had four children ; — the daughter, 
Mrs. Livonia Walker of Flint, Tex., already mentioned. Moses 
Brooks who is now deceased, his family living at Granada, Miss., 
Joshua Word, and Parks who died in infancy. Joshua Word 
Dexman who was born August. 1843, at Hayes Creek, Carroll 
Co., Miss., was married to Mary Ellen Holland^ of Alabama, 


lives at Mount Pleasant, Tex., and has six children ; — Clinton 
Groves, born January, 1875. married Addie W'ilbanks, lives at 
Hillsboro. Tex., and has Verner, Groves, Richard, Joshua, and 
Kathleen; Thomas Lamar, born August, 1878, married Kathleen 
Carr, and has Langton Lamar and McLean Carr ; EUa Word, 
born May, 1880, married Darien Hedge, lives at La Rue, Tex., 
and has Emma Word. Joshua. Thelma, Frank Pearl, and John 
Merl; Richard, born May, 1882, married Xina Crews, and has no 
children; John Joshua, born June. 1885, married Marie Cotter, 
lives in Ft. Worth, Tex., and has Ada Louise; Franklin Monroe, 

born December, 1887, married Brodhead, and has Margaret 

Ellen. This son and all other sons not located elsewhere, live at 
Mt. Pleasant, Tex. 

We find no records of part of this large family of John Den- 
man. The third son, William, is not further mentioned. Of the 
eighth son, Eugene, we find no trace of any kind ; neither is 
there of the youngest two of the daughters. Louisa and Amanda. 

Running back in thought to the closing years of the Revolu- 
tionary War, and some years thereafter, and recalling the evi- 
dence of widely scattered migration from Georgia westward, 
we can account for gaps in records, and also for features in the 
records obtained. It is definitely learned from two sources that 
the father of John Denman of 1781 was also named John, and 
that is all we know about him, except that one of our authorities 
says that his father too was named John, 

Observing the space of time from 1781 back to 1725. the prob- 
able year of birth of the John who married Patience Yeomans, — 
see above. — we safely assume that both the father from New 
Jersey, and the son who must have been born there though we 
have no account of it, were soldiers in the American army and 
intensely engrossed in the great struggle. They and their im- 
mediate descendants had much to hinder the keeping of family 
records. There are several heads of later families whose parent- 
age we cannot discover. Rev. ]\Ioses Denman. Dr. William Den- 
man, Morgan Denman. and Felix Gilbert Denman were all in 
this position. Of these the first two died in Texas after the Civil 
War, and we know nothing further of them. Of Felix Gilbert 


we have records, and also of Morgan, which will be given. A 
brief notice must be taken of names given children which carry 
the story of the war. The efficient coadjutor of General Green 
in the closing months of the war was General ^Morgan who had at 
least one Denman namesake. Generals Washington and Lafay- 
ette were both remembered in naming one ; and the latter name 
was given to three others. Presidents ^Madison and Monroe had 
each at least two such namesakes. The inference that the first 
John in Xew Jersey was a soldier in the War for Liberty is rea- 
sonable, since we k)iozc that his youngest brother, Christopher, 
was so enrolled. 

Felix Gilbert Dexmax was a young soldier in the war of 
1812, entering the ranks at fourteen years of age. Was with 
General Jackson at Xew Orleans. He died in Barton Co.. Ga., 
in 1861. Was a farmer of wealth, owning lands and many ne- 
goes. He married X'axcy Huchesox of Virginia and had a 
family of seven children ; — Monroe, Washington Lafayette, Alex- 
ander Madison, Sarah Turner, Nancy. Laura, and Eliza. Of 
these we have records only of the second son and the eldest 

CoLoxEL Washixgtox Lafayette Dexmax married Axge- 
lixe Swaggerty of Georgia. They had three sons and three 
daughters ; — SaUic who married Shirey, and had six chil- 
dren ; — Charles. Laura. Minnie, Leroy, Lafayette and Archie; 
William Clark, who is now deceased, leaving five children; Dr. 
Alexander Madison who married Mary Caroline Walker in Texas 
in 1878, and had seven children. — Dr. Peyton Roland Denman of 
Houston, Tex., who married Frances Wooters of Crockett, Tex., 
and has a daughter Berta ; Archie Lovell, who married David 
C. Hucherson of Lufkin, Tex., and has a son, Denman Carter; 
Olive Lillian. Kester Walker, Linwood Hucherson, ]\Iary Xell, 
and Byford Harvey ; Marietta has no record given ; Bliza Bragg 
married J. F. ]\IcCarty of Lufkin who is now deceased, and has 
two children, Ellita and Spurgeon; Richard Lafayette has four 
children, — Eula, Earl. Joseph Carter and Doris. Dr. A. M. Den- 
man was killed in an automobile accident in 1908. Col. W. L. 


Denman served in the Civil War, and died in 1866, aged sixty- 

Sarah Turner Dexman, eldest daughter of Felix Gilbert 
Denman, was born in 1825 in Franklin Co., Georgia, and died 
in 1898. She married James Allen Thompson, and had two 
sons; — Rev. Gilbert Taylor Thompson, born April 15. 1847. in 
Cass Co., Ga., is now pastor of Presbyterian church at Tahlequah, 
Oklahoma, and has a son. Rev. James K. Thompson, D. D., pastor 
of Presbyterian church at ^Muskogee, Okla. The second son. 
Dr. James Allen Thoinpson, is now deceased. Being left a widow. 
Mrs. Thompson married Dr. Henderson Wesley Fite, who died 
in 1911. They had seven children, — Judge Augustus Warren 
Fite, of Cartersville. Ga., born June 15, 1852, in Gordon Co., Ga. ; 

Laura, who married Smalley and is now dead; Dr. Richard 

Lafayette Fite, Tahlequah, Okla. ; Nancy J., who married 

Treadwell, Lufkin, Tex. : Dr. Francis Barton Fite, Aluskogee, 

Okla. ; Florence, who married Bradford, Seattle, Wash. ; 

and Mary, who married 3iIontgomery, now dead; recently 

married again, but name and present residence not at hand. 


Christopher Denman was a soldier in the Revolutionary 
War. One of his grandsons and seven of his great grandsons 
were soldiers in the Civil War. Mathias Denman was a Revolu- 
tionary soldier. One of his descendants was in th'e United 
States Army ; and another was in the Navy, and did service in 
the Alexican War. Another fought in the Civil War. One of 
the descendants of the missing brothers of Christopher Denman 
was a soldier in the War of 1812, and was with Jackson at New 
Orleans in 1815. 

Another was a Colonel in the Civil War. Enoch Parcel, Co^'-'ttcoii - 
twin brother of Esther Parcel, was killed in the battle of Spring- ^ L _ ' « 
field, N. J., June 23, 1780. This is not an exhaustive list, but f~/~. ^L. l^^, 
these are collected hastily from a review of the records at hand. 


Born, in New York, July 17, 1912, Herbert Fitz-Randolph 
Plass, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert EUmond Plass, grandson of 
:\lr. Herbert C. Plass. 

Mr. and Mrs. Mayne Raymond Denman, long of Scranton. 
Pa., recently of ]Mt. Vernon. N. Y., telegraph at the last moment 
the announcement of the birth of their son, Raymond Denman, 
December 19. 1912.